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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Petri dish brain reignites embryonic stem cell debate

Science
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/24/13, 10:54 am

Researchers at a Vienna laboratory have grown the first miniature brains produced from the stem cells of human embryos, according to a recent article in the journal Science. Although many in the scientific community hailed the experiment as a breakthrough, it raises ethical questions about making progress while destroying embryos made in the image of God.

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Fukushima radioactive leaks 'impossible to stop'

Environment
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/13/13, 04:15 pm

Japanese government officials admitted last month that radioactive water has been leaking into the ocean everyday—at least 300 tons in recent months. Most of the water is being used to prevent overheating at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

To add to the plant’s woes, a new tank leak announced two weeks ago spilled another 300 tons of radioactive water into the ground. The leak, along with rising contamination levels, is particularly concerning as Tokyo is set to host the 2020 Olympics. 

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Are poor people bound to make poor decisions?

Poverty
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/07/13, 09:00 am

Researchers claim a new study debunks long-standing conservative economic theory by showing that being short on money can impair cognitive function. Their conclusion is that circumstances, not individuals, are the major cause of poverty, without recognizing the responsibility people still have in making decisions.

Using only two studies, Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan and his colleagues found financial stress monopolizes thinking, making other calculations slower and more difficult, like the effects of going without sleep for a night.

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