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Wednesday Toon Roundup 1 - The Leaker in the White House

Tom The Dancing Bug Toon - Revenge of the Babysat!

Toon "He IS The Leak!"

Toon - Every Day It Gets Worse

Family demands answers after police restrain special needs boy at school

DeSoto, Texas -- A family is outraged at police for placing their 7-year-old son in handcuffs at a mental health facility in Texas, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports.

April Obin says her son has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and tends to disrupt class at Gabe P. Allen Elementary School several times a week. But he has trained counselors that help him cope with the mood disorder.

On May 9, Obin says her son had an episode that turned violent and he began to bang his head against the wall.

Obin's attorney, Amar Dhillon, says the school was having standardized testing that day. The boy's counselor wasn't available, so they called his mother in for assistance.

"Before she could get to the school, the DISD police department was called," Dhillon said. "[They] handcuffed the child and took him away."



Prosthetic ovary created in breakthrough that could lead to 'holy grail of bioengineering'

Mice whose ovaries were removed and replaced with an artificial structure were able to have offspring naturally, scientists have revealed in a breakthrough that could lead to the “holy grail of bioengineering” in humans.

The ovary structure was 3D-printed using gelatin to create a lattice that could house follicles containing the eggs.

The researchers said the new technique could one day be used to restore fertility to women rendered infertile by cancer treatment.

And they also suggested it could also help design a range of artificial organs that could be used instead of transplants from dead people, which require the patient to take immune-suppressing drugs for the rest of their lives.



A scientist looked at 63 studies to conclude atheists are more intelligent than religious people

Miron Zuckerman, Jordan Silberman and Judith A. Hall from the University of Rochester and the Northeastern University conducted a meta-analysis (that's a statistical analysis that combines the results of multiple scientific studies) of 63 studies that showed a significant negative association between intelligence and religiosity.

The association was strongest among university students and weakest in teenagers and children.

It was also stronger for religious beliefs than religious behaviour. In effect, people who believe religious teachings as opposed to those practising religions.

Religiosity was defined as "the degree of involvement in some or all facets of religion." This included beliefs in supernatural agents and "costly commitments to these agents" such as offering of property as a sacrifice. Another 'facet' is participating in communal rituals, such as going to church, and "lower existential anxieties such as death due to a belief in supernatural agents" (i.e. being less scared of death because you believe you're going to heaven).


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