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Human Rights Observatory
By Christian Göritz, Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet
Have you ever wondered how penile erection works but never dared to ask? Well, imagine a dry sponge in a condom. Now pour water on the sponge (that’s the blood flowing in). There you have it.

This penis “sponge” is scientifically termed corpora cavernosa. Erections depend on the influx and trapping of blood. Smooth muscle cells regulate the blood flow into the sponge and its subsequent firmness. In a recent study, my colleague and I delved into the role of penile fibroblasts, the most abundant cells in the human penis,…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Christopher Rudge, Law lecturer, University of Sydney
Over the past decade, reports of sexual misconduct by Australian health practitioners against patients have increased. While various reforms have tried to curtail “sexual boundary violations”, none has worked.

Now, Australian health ministers have agreedThe Conversation (Full Story)

By Ryan Clutterbuck, Assistant Professor in Sport Management, Brock University
Michael Van Bussel, Assistant Professor in Sport Management, Brock University
Despite being without a long-term contract extension and representation, Lamar Jackson was able to advocate and negotiate the most lucrative contract in the history of the NFL. Here’s how.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Lisa M. Given, Professor of Information Sciences & Director, Social Change Enabling Impact Platform, RMIT University
Sarah Polkinghorne, Research Fellow, Social Change Enabling Impact Platform, RMIT University
Research shows many of us are lonely. Embracing analogue gameplay could go a long way in helping us become happier, socially connected people.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Ian Parmeter, Research Scholar, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu probably feels he has no choice, from a political perspective, but to continue prosecuting the war in the same manner.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Giuseppe Di Labbio, Professeur adjoint, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)
A football’s dimensions, pressure and texture affect its aerodynamics, i.e. the forces exerted by the air on the ball as it flies.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Cassandra Cross, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice, Queensland University of Technology
Australian fans who didn’t manage to snag Eras tickets are on the hunt – and scammers are capitalising on this. Here’s everything you need to know to protect yourself.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image The Ministry of Justice building in Tokyo, Japan, February 15, 2023.  © 2023 Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images During a parliamentary session on Thursday, Japan’s Justice Minister Ryuji Koizumi said that between 2014 and 2022, the Justice Ministry found six violations of a 2014 directive effectively banning all penal institutions from using restraints on imprisoned pregnant women inside delivery rooms. Last November, Human Rights Watch published accounts of formerly imprisoned women who described such violations happening to other women in prison. “We have been researching… (Full Story)
By Janine Mendes-Franco
With Ash Wednesday falling on February 14 this year, the Carnival season has been a short one, but artists have taken it as a challenge to pump out some infectious music. (Full Story)
By Jonathan L. Zecher, Research fellow, Australian Catholic University
Near the end of the 18th century, a Greek monk named Nikodemos was putting together a massive anthology of Byzantine texts on prayer and spirituality, which he would call The Philokalia.

He lamented the state of learning among his fellow monks, because they did not have access to the texts of their tradition:

Because of their great antiquity and their scarcity – not to mention the fact that they have never yet been printed – they have all but vanished.…The Conversation (Full Story)
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