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Rachel Anne Barr

Rachel Anne Barr

PhD Student, Université Laval
I am currently pursuing my doctorate in neuroscience at Université Laval. Previously, I completed a taught masters course in molecular neuroscience and an undergraduate degree in sports physiology during which I published a first author peer reviewed paper.

Watching pornography rewires the brain to a more juvenile state

Dec 01, 2019 03:40 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Pornography has existed throughout recorded history, transforming with the introduction of each new medium. Hundreds of sexually explicit frescoes and sculptures were found in the Mount Vesuvius ruins of Pompeii. Since...

Fake news grabs our attention, produces false memories and appeals to our emotions

Nov 19, 2019 03:04 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

Fake news is a relatively new term, yet its now seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy and free debate. In the Netflix documentary The Great Hack which chronicled the rise and fall of Cambridge Analytica we saw...

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Economy

Ford dismisses ITC's criticism over SK deal for not being based on hearing

Ford Motor Co on Friday dismissed criticism from the U.S. International Trade Commission for not being based on a public interest hearing, noting that it committed to SK Innovations battery programs before any misconduct...

China barred the import of pineapples from Taiwan

China banned the imports of pineapple, and the order came into effect earlier this week. Beijing announced that the tropical fruit could not enter the country, and Taiwan assumed that this is a political move. Taiwans...

Sinclair Broadcasting Group is laying off hundreds of workers soon

Sinclair Broadcasting Group announced this week that it would be laying off hundreds of workers soon. The company said it was left with no choice but to dismiss a percentage of its workforce as the business was affected by...

S. Korea, UAE expand collaboration in hydrogen industry

South Korea and the UAE have agreed to joint venture into hydrogen and other sustainable resources in line with their carbon reduction goals. According to South Koreas Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo, who held a virtual...

S. Korea imports record-high 54,127 tons of wine in 2020

South Korea imported a record-high 54,127 tons of wines last year, up 24.4 percent from the previous year, as more of its citizens indulged in drinking at home due to the pandemic. According to the data by the Korea...

Politics

Joe Biden COVID-19 response: POTUS says there is enough vaccine for all adults until May

With the Biden administration already ramping up efforts to make sure everyone is vaccinated, President Joe Biden brought more good news for adults across the country. Biden announced that there would be enough vaccines...

Barack Obama: New book claims ex-POTUS initially did not want to endorse Joe Biden

While former President Barack Obama is known for having a very close friendship with his then-vice president Joe Biden, a new book claims that their friendship did not extend to a campaign endorsement. The book claims that...

Kamala Harris reaffirms US-Australia ties in call with Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Vice President Kamala Harris is reaching out to world leaders as part of the Biden-Harris administrations plan to re-engage with allies. Harris recently reaffirmed the US alliance with Australia with its Prime Minister...

Donald Trump investigation: House Oversight Committee issues subpoena to ex-POTUS' accounting firm again

The Manhattan prosecutors are not the only ones who want to look into the financial records of former President Donald Trump. It appears the House is also keen on looking into Trumps records as its oversight committee has...

Science

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Pigs can play video games, scientists discover

Pigs might not be able to fly, but they can play video games. In a new study, researchers from Purdue University in Indiana, US have shown that pigs can use a digital screen and joystick, operated by their snout, to move a...

Why is there water on Earth?

Water is essential to life as we know it and it seems completely normal to have water all around us. Yet Earth is the only known planet to be covered by oceans. Do we know exactly where its water came from? This is not...

What's the difference between mutations, variants and strains? A guide to COVID terminology

Living through a global pandemic over the past year has seen all of us expanding our vocabularies. We now understand terms like PPE, social distancing and contact tracing. But just when perhaps we thought we had a...

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

A century ago, an upstart German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein turned the scientific world on its head with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, which proved light to be both a particle and a wave. Awarded...

Technology

IT firms in S. Korea to be briefed on ‘Netflix Law’

South Koreas Ministry of Science and ICT will hold a meeting this week with officials from Netflix, Facebook, Google, Naver, Wavve, and Kakao to set up detailed guidelines for the countrys Netflix Law. Dubbed the...

S. Korea to revise outdated e-commerce law to better protect consumers

South Koreas Fair Trade Commission is revising the Act on Consumer Protection in Electronic Commerce to cover new forms of online transactions and to impose more responsibilities to e-commerce platforms and online...

Leaker says ‘Elden Ring’ will feature PvP and online multiplayer

With internal videos of Elden Ring appearing online recently, more information leak has now come to light about its gameplay. FromSoftwares next project is now shaping up to be an important IP as it is expected to combine...

OnePlus Nord 2 could feature MediaTek Dimensity 1200

OnePlus attempt at launching mid-range smartphones last year was well-received and the company appears to be working on the next OnePlus Nord. It is rumored to launch in the coming months with one significant change in its...

MacBook and iPad models in 2022 could sport OLED panels

Apple marked a significant development in its iPhone line last year after launching the first series with OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, as the standard panel. The company is reportedly not stopping at iPhone as it...
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