Re: To taser or not to taser
The ethics of using a taser on someone depends on circumstance. For law enforcement agencies, the taser is seen as another tool for effective subject control while maintaining safety for the subject, other people and the law enforcement officer.
With appropriate training, the law enforcement officer should have a clear idea of when it is appropriate to use a taser on someone. Therefore, use of a taser in an appropriate, justified manner would be ethical, eg, using a taser to subdue a person armed with a knife acting in a threatening manner. Any use of the taser that cannot be justified would therefore be unethical, eg, after subduing the person armed with the knife, continuing to electrocute the person just because you can. Once effective control has been gained over the person tasered, use of the taser should stop.
The taser is a better option for law enforcement than using lethal force (gun), and offers more safety all round than other options such as a baton or using physical subject control techniques. The use of the taser in an appropriate and justified manner will ensure that the taser is used in an ethical manner.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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