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Study finds the fastest way to soothe a crying baby



Scientists say they have found an effective way to stop a baby from crying in the middle of the night

Scientists have found nearly half of all crying babies will fall back asleep within five minutes when their mothers are nearby.

The research looked at four methods: mothers holding their baby while walking; rocking them in a pram; holding them while seated; and laying them down in a cot.

They found moving babies back and forth in a pram has a similar calming effect but to a lesser extent.

“I have raised four children, but I couldn’t foresee the key results of this study until the statistical data came up,” said Dr Kumi Kuroda from ​​Riken Centre for Brain Science.

Researchers found walking around with babies for five minutes without any abrupt stops or sudden direction changes, and then sitting down while holding them for another five to eight minutes is the secret formula.

“The first five to eight minutes of sleep is shallow sleep,” Dr Kuroda explained.

During periods of shallow sleep, or rapid eye movement (REM), breathing becomes fast, irregular, and shallow.

As the name suggests, eyes tend to move quite rapidly, and muscles become immobile.

“So if you immediately place their infant down after they’re asleep, you’ll hit the shallow sleep, they’ll wake up and you’ll be unsuccessful. That’s why you want to wait for five to eight minutes after the infant falls asleep.”

“This roughly 15-minute method is worth trying before they start seriously worrying about what’s wrong with the baby,” Dr Kuroda said.

Sylvia Song contributed to this report

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How much does it cost to raise a Kardashian-West child?



Kanye West’s hit song comes to fruition as Kim Kardashian receives a jaw dropping amount in child support

Many are surprised by exactly how much it costs to raise a Kardashian-West child. For some, it far exceeds what they would earn in an entire year, but Kanye West coughs up $200,000 per month in child support.

Child support is to ensure the children’s lives are not disrupted by separation. Perhaps, this figure is to keep up with their lavish lifestyles. The amount was finalised as part of Kardashian and West’s divorce settlement.

It’s also been confirmed both West and Kardashian will have equal access to their four children. In addition to this costly monthly pay, West is responsible for paying 50% of the children’s educational and security expenses.

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Wife killer Chris Dawson receives 24 years behind bars



Chris Dawson will serve 24 years behind bars for murdering his wife nearly 40 years ago

Former school teacher, Chris Dawson has maintained his innocence as he was sentenced to 24 years behind bars for the 1982 murder of his then-wife Lynette.

The 74-year-old was found guilty of murdering Dawson to continue a relationship with his high school babysitter.

In the New South Wales Supreme Court, Justice Ian Harrison says Lynette Dawson was “faultless” and “undeserving of her fate”.

Harrison described the murder as an “objectively very serious crime”.

Meanwhile, her family has previously the court Dawson is a “conniving monster”.

Dawson will be eligible for parole after 18 years when he will be 92.

His legal team argued there was an explanation for her disappearance, after she learned of his actions with the family’s teenage babysitter, JC, who he married.

The former rugby league player did not give evidence.

He claimed his wife called him after failing to arrive for a meeting in January 1982.

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Police given power to use killer robots



San Francisco officials have voted in favour of rolling out potentially lethal robots in some situations

Police robots could be hitting San Francisco streets after lawmakers approved the use of robots, which could “incapacitate or disorient violent, armed, or dangerous suspect[s]”.

The two-hour debate finished with an 8-3 ruling to deploy the robots, which are equipped with explosive charges in some cases.

San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) spokesperson, Allison Maxie said the robots will be used when lives are at stake.

“Robots equipped in this manner would only be used in extreme circumstances to save or prevent further loss of innocent lives.”

Officials expressed concern over civil liberties and the scope for police oversight when these robots are deployed.

Supervisor Connie Chan said “it’s definitely not an easy discussion.”

Ms Chan is a member of the committee, who pushed the proposal to the board for debate.

SFPD said it is not planning to arm the robots with guns. However, the robots will be able to kill “when risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and officers cannot subdue the threat after using alternative force options or de-escalation tactics.”

The proposal was changed to clarify officers could only use the robots after other strategies and de-escalation tactics had be tried.

San Francisco law enforcement agencies use a range of robots to detect bombs and help authorities in situations with low visibility.

The nearby Oakland Police Department has parted ways with a similar policy after widespread public backlash.

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