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Friendships in Iraqi soccer league show ‘contact hypothesis’ works, but has limits

Friendships in Iraqi soccer league show ‘contact hypothesis’ works, but has limits

Science
Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Christian soccer players who played alongside Muslim teammates in an interfaith soccer league in Iraq were more likely change their behavior for the better toward Muslim players. The experiment, detailed Thursday in the journal Science, however, revealed the limits of the "contact hypothesis" -- while players built relationships on the field, the benefits of the hypothesis did not extend far beyond the soccer-based relationships. Advertisement The contact hypothesis is the idea that intergroup contact, under certain conditions, can reduce prejudice between majority and minority group members. Sectarian tension in Iraq has ancient roots, but those antagonisms have been exacerbated in recent decades by the destabilizing effects of the U.S. invasion, and more recently, by th...
Public will be urged to download NHS contact-tracing app: How it works

Public will be urged to download NHS contact-tracing app: How it works

Technology
The NHS has revealed details of its contact-tracing app, which will be used to track COVID-19 infections as restrictions on movement ease.The app, which will be tested on the Isle of Wight from this week, is expected to be rolled out nationwide in the next few weeks. As revealed by Sky News in March, the app uses Bluetooth to detect nearby phones, showing who the owner of the phone has been near. Health sec outlines how new app will work ...
USS Louis H. Wilson begins construction at Bath Iron Works

USS Louis H. Wilson begins construction at Bath Iron Works

Business
March 4 (UPI) -- Construction of the future USS Louis H. Wilson Jr. began this week at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, the Navy announced. The Louis Wilson will be the first Arleigh Burke class destroyer built in the Flight Three configuration at BIW, according to the Navy's announcement. Named in honor of Marine Corps General Louis Hugh Wilson, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for leadership during the Battle of Guam in 1944, the ship will serve in global maritime security -- engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense as well as anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare. The Flight III destroyers are designed for improved anti-air warfare capability and enhanced ballistic missile defense. "This is a tremendous occasion as we ...
Jeffrey Epstein docu-series, Lorena Bobbit biopic in the works at Lifetime

Jeffrey Epstein docu-series, Lorena Bobbit biopic in the works at Lifetime

Entertainment
Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Lifetime has ordered a 4-hour docu-series called Surviving Jeffrey Epstein. Deadline.com said the program, featuring interviews with the alleged victims of the billionaire New York financier, is expected to debut this summer. Epstein hanged himself in jail awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in August. Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern are directing the project, which follows the cable network's documentaries Surviving R. Kelly and Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning. Casting is also in progress for Lifetime's TV movie I Was Lorena Bobbitt, which is about the domestic-violence victim who cut off her husband's penis in 1993, Variety reported. Production is expected to begin later this month. Barbara Nance wrote the film. Danishka Esterhazy is to direct it. ...

Once-a-month birth control pill? Experiment works in animals

Health
Scientists are developing a once-a-month birth control pill that would gradually release the drug over the course of weeksBy LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical WriterDecember 4, 2019, 10:06 PM4 min read Birth control pills work great if women remember to take them every day but missing doses can mean a surprise pregnancy. Now scientists have figured out how to pack a month’s supply into one capsule. The trick: A tiny star-shaped gadget that unfolds in the stomach and gradually releases the drug. The experimental capsule is still years away from drugstores, but researchers reported Wednesday that it worked as designed in a key test in animals. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is investing $ 13 million for further development of the once-a-month pill, in hopes of eventually improving family p