On Tuesday, the Ohio Senate voted to approve a ban on abortions once a heartbeat can be detected, which usually occurs at six weeks into the pregnancy. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Sen. Kris Jordan (R-Ohio) introduced the bill. "This is just flat-out the right thing to do," Jordan said. "It affords the most important liberty of all--the opportunity to live." The House had already passed the Heartbeat Bill for the third time; its two previous versions failed to pass the Senate.
Your heartbeat might help you cooperate. When we make a movement, even a small one, it is most likely to end exactly in the middle of each heartbeat – and this synchronisation happens when we watch someone else do the same behaviour. This could be how our bodies help us align our actions with others. "We don't yet know if the heartbeat is guiding the action or responding to it," says Eleanor Palser at the University of California, San Francisco.
Tennessee is among several states with pending bills to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The goal is to trigger a legal challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established a nationwide right to abortion and possibly upend the ruling that established a woman's right to an abortion, as well as other rulings that have determined states cannot place undue burdens on a woman's constitutional right to abortion before a fetus is viable -- typically between 24 and 28 weeks.
An Apple Watch might have saved a man's life after it alerted him to the fact that his heart wasn't beating properly. Kevin Pearson, a 52-year-old from Cockermouth in the north of England, was quietly sat reading a book and "minding my own business" when his watch alerted him to the fact that something was very wrong with his heart. It was beating as fast at 161bpm despite the fact he was sat down doing very little, it said – suggesting that he could be having a heart attack. "I wasn't feeling any symptoms, such as sweating or anything like that," Mr Pearson told The Independent. So he did as the Watch instructed and sat down as it measured his heartrate for the next few minutes, watching it rapidly drop and rise as high as 135bpm and as low as 79bpm.