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February 09, 2011

I Did It For Science: Craigslist Blind Dates

I Did It For Science: Craigslist Blind Dates | Nerve.com
It’s easy to get cynical about dating. How many times have you heard a cute, smart, single guy or girl spout some stupid platitude like, “there are no cute, single straight/gay guys/girls in this city?” I’ll be honest — I’ve not just heard it, I’ve said it. And it’s stupid. There are thousands. So with Valentine’s Day approaching, I decided to suck it up and embrace a more positive dating attitude. What if, instead of bemoaning the state of the world, whining to my friends, and abusing my vibrator, I just went on a bunch of dates? I decided I’d start with the most vibrant and lively dating hub of them all — Craigslist. There must be some normal, smart, attractive guys using Craigslist to find a nice girl. After all, I’m a normal, smart, attractive girl using Craigslist to find a nice guy. How hard could it be? I decided I would post a personals ad offering a one-hour date with me, put up a real picture, reply to the first normal-seeming men, and go out on some completely blind dates. If I left my cynicism behind and forced myself to have a drink with ten different guys, I’d surely meet someone. Right?

February 04, 2011

Coffee--good for women, bad for men

Coffee is good for women working in pairs, but bad for men
The results, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology showed that pairs of women drinking caffeinated coffee completed puzzles 100 seconds faster than those on decaffeinated coffee, while men on caffeine completed the puzzles 20 seconds slower than those on the decaffeinated. Men drinking caffeinated coffee were “greatly impaired” in the memory tasks. The researchers pointed out that many high-level meetings are male-dominated and concluded that unlimited supplies of coffee at such meetings might not be a good idea, at least for the men attending them. They said men might even “unintentionally sabotage the partnerships forged to solve stressful issues.” The current research on the effects of caffeine is one of several studies being carried out by Dr St Claire and her colleagues, who are looking at the effects of stress on people as individuals, in pairs and in groups. The first two studies indicated men were more vulnerable to stress than women, but men fared better in groups, even though there was a net benefit to women of working in teams. Men who consumed caffeinated coffee tended to perform better alone than in teams.

January 28, 2011

Arabian stone tools suggest humans left Africa 55,000 years earlier than previously thought

Stone tools discovered in Arabia force archaeologists to rethink human history | Science | The Guardian
A spectacular haul of stone tools discovered beneath a collapsed rock shelter in southern Arabia has forced a major rethink of the story of human migration out of Africa. The collection of hand axes and other tools shaped to cut, pierce and scrape bear the hallmarks of early human workmanship, but date from 125,000 years ago, around 55,000 years before our ancestors were thought to have left the continent. The artefacts, uncovered in the United Arab Emirates, point to a much earlier dispersal of ancient humans, who probably cut across from the Horn of Africa to the Arabian peninsula via a shallow channel in the Red Sea that became passable at the end of an ice age. Once established, these early pioneers may have pushed on across the Persian Gulf, perhaps reaching as far as India, Indonesia and eventually Australia.

January 24, 2011

Alien Hand Syndrome sees woman attacked by her own hand

Every day for this poor woman is Evil Dead 2. Watch the video. BBC News - Alien Hand Syndrome sees woman attacked by her own hand
An operation to control her epilepsy left Karen Byrne with no control of her left hand Imagine being attacked by one of your own hands, which repeatedly tries to slap and punch you. Or you go into a shop and when you try to turn right, one of your legs decides it wants to go left, leaving you walking round in circles. Last summer I met 55-year-old Karen Byrne in New Jersey, who suffers from Alien Hand Syndrome. Her left hand, and occasionally her left leg, behaves as if it were under the control of an alien intelligence. Karen's condition is fascinating, not just because it is so strange but because it tells us something surprising about how our own brains work. It started after Karen had surgery at 27 to control her epilepsy, which had dominated her life since she was 10.

January 18, 2011

Obvious Conclusion: The Universe is Out to Get Us

. . . or God has simply stacked the cards...

January 17, 2011

MY BOTFLY, MYSELF

Wherein a man allows himself to host a botfly parasite. 3quarksdaily

January 14, 2011

"Phase dependent female rape-avoidance mechanisms" is just a helluva phrase

Have women evolved to protect themselves from rapists? - By...

2010 was hottest, wettest year on record

2010 Tied 2005 as Hottest Year, Climate Figures Show - NYTimes.com