War’s terrifying reality made virtual by Red Cross

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The crack of a sniper round strikes terror as you crouch behind a cinder-block wall. An explosion rips into your ear drums. Down the street a building collapses into dust. A helicopter gunship emerges through the smoke, leaving nowhere to hide. This is not a real battle, however, but a virtual reality simulation evolved by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help train those who work in war zones. “We had some people who tested our product from Syria and they could not finish…

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The children who hear ‘terrifying’ voices

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLaura Moulding first started hearing voices aged three One in 12 children is thought to persistently hear voices that are not there. Sometimes they tell them they are worthless. Now new research suggests the reaction of adults can affect the voices they hear in future. “It’s like being in a crowded room. All you can hear is all these multiple different voices having a go at you,” Laura Moulding tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. The 21-year-old hears voices around her almost…

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