Julie Borg

Julie is a clinical psychologist and writer who lives in Dayton, Ohio. She reports on science and intelligent design for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital.

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Green light, red alert

Science | Is an expedited approval process putting unsafe medications on the market?
by Julie Borg
Posted 8/22/14, 01:00 am

One in three new medications available to consumers are later withdrawn from the market or given a black box warning due to safety risks. That represents a nearly 6 percent increase since Congress expedited the FDA approval process 22 years ago, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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Unborn babies aren't just hanging around in the womb

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by Julie Borg
Posted 8/14/14, 09:00 am

Even in the womb, babies can learn and remember according to the latest research. Two unrelated but similar studies show that unborn babies can learn and remember a nursery rhyme their mother reads to them repeatedly. They also show an ability to plan ahead by opening their mouths in anticipation of touching their faces. These studies build on previous research demonstrating babies can smell, taste, and dream by 32 weeks or earlier.

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Self-folding origami robots assemble themselves

Science
by Julie Borg
Posted 8/08/14, 10:33 am

Inspired by origami, the Japanese paper-folding art form, researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a flat sheet of composite material that can pop up and assemble itself into a robot in less than four minutes. It can then crawl away at a speed of more than two inches per second, all without human assistance.

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