May 30, 2005

Psychopaths are born bad, say scientists

"PSYCHOPATHS are born anti-social, not corrupted by bad parenting, scientists reveal today."
The Scotsman - UK
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Smithsonian to Screen a Movie That Makes a Case Against Evolution

"Fossils at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History have been used to prove the theory of evolution. Next month the museum will play host to a film intended to undercut evolution."
New York Times
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Female Orgasm: Proof Of God

"Women have orgasms because they can. Women have orgasms because it's the right thing to do."
SF Gate
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Prejudice Is Hard-wired Into The Human Brain, Says ASU Study

"Contrary to what most people believe, the tendency to be prejudiced is a form of common sense, hard-wired into the human brain through evolution as an adaptive response to protect our prehistoric ancestors from danger."
ScienceDaily
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May 26, 2005

Scousers


Picture thanks to Gordon.
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Humans don't stand outside nature

"Is there a chimera, a hybrid or some other mixed human-animal genetic composite in our future? I certainly hope so. This may seem perverse: Even the most liberal theologians tend to shy away from advocating the production of half-person/half-animals. Why, then, am I rooting for them?"
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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Female Stalker for Sale on eBay

eBay item 6399834953
Link thanks to John.
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May 25, 2005

Sisters give birth at 12, 14, 16

Three schoolgirl sisters have given birth aged 12, 14 and 16.
BBC NEWS
Link thanks to Ian.
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May 24, 2005

How Class Works

New York Times
Link thanks to Michael
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How does Europe Make Its Mind Up? Connections, cliques, and compatibility between countries in the Eurovision Song Contest

"We investigate the complex relationships between countries in the Eurovision Song Contest, by recasting past voting data in terms of a dynamical network. Despite the British tendency to feel distant from Europe, our analysis shows that the U.K. is remarkably compatible, or 'in tune', with other European countries. Equally surprising is our finding that some other core countries, most notably France, are significantly 'out of tune' with the rest of Europe. In addition, our analysis enables us to confirm a widely-held belief that there are unofficial cliques of countries -- however these cliques are not always the expected ones, nor can their existence be explained solely on the grounds of geographical proximity. The complexity in this system emerges via the group 'self-assessment' process, and in the absence of any central controller. One might therefore speculate that such complexity is representative of many real-world situations in which groups of 'agents' establish their own inter-relationships and hence ultimately decide their own fate. Possible examples include groups of individuals, societies, political groups or even governments."
arXiv.org
Link thanks to Miles.
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May 22, 2005

Animal instinct's wordy realm

"What if Charles Darwin wrote a novel? What if he wrote them all? Well, maybe he did, in a sense; the thesis of "Madame Bovary's Ovaries" is that Darwin, or rather the forces of evolution and natural selection that Darwin did write of, underlie the plot and behavior of all human characters in literature. It's the kind of all-encompassing theorizing, both radical and obvious at the same time, that is likely to enlighten some and seriously upset others."
SFGate.com
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Want a son? Then get a man’s job

"THE gender of your children may depend on your choice of job, say researchers. While those who opt for caring careers such as nursing or teaching are more likely to have girls, people who go into a profession such as accountancy or engineering stand a far greater chance of having boys."
Sunday Times - Times Online
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Laugh Your Pants Off

"A May 2005 survey of more than 1,600 US adults conducted by Match.com, an online dating service, revealed that 70 percent of singles believe that they are most likely to fall in love not with someone who makes them laugh. In fact, it was sense of humor—not expertise in color coordinating your belt with your shoes nor building up pecs that could crush chestnuts—that women cited as the No. 1 romantically attractive trait."
ABS-CBN Interactive
Irritatingly written article.
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May 20, 2005

Conwiki

"Conwiki is a brand new wiki site to collect forbidden knowledge and information kept out of mainstream media. We house information such as conspiracies and heavily disputed topics that get edited out of Wikipedia due to lack of encyclopedic nature. At Conwiki, we have room for everybody's viewpoints, not just the generally accepted ones."
Conwiki
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Air travelers stripped bare with X-ray machine

"The agency in charge of the nation's air security expects later this year to begin using a controversial X-ray machine that will show airport screeners a clear picture of what's under passengers' clothes — whether weapons or just bare skin."
USATODAY.com
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Woman allegedly cut husband's genitals

"A New London woman is accused of cutting her husband's genitals in an effort to get him to admit to infidelity."
KSTP-TV
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Men Warned Not To Inject Penises With Olive Oil

"Thailand's health ministry warned men on Friday to avoid injecting their penises with olive oil or other liquids in an attempt at enlargement. Male teenagers in central Thailand have recently been engaging in the risky practice."
Exploding Cigar
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Kinky shopper KOed by vibrating knickers

"The following cautionary tale must surely rate in the top five of "most embarrassing things that can happen to you in public - ever". According to UK tabloid the Sun, a 33-year-old Welsh housewife ended up in hospital after wearing Ann Summers vibrating Passion Pants to her local Asda supermarket in Swansea."
The Register
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159mph speeding charge Pc cleared

"A police constable who reached 159mph on a motorway has been cleared of speeding and dangerous driving."
BBC NEWS
Link thanks to Zobo
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May 17, 2005

Google tells surfers restaurants are brothels

Edinburugh Evening News
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May 11, 2005

USB Toothbrush

AKIBA
Thanks to Tristán
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May 6, 2005

Paxman v Galloway

"For anyone who missed it overnight, the tussle between George Galloway and Jeremy Paxman was one of the highlights, which came shortly after his victory over Labour's Oona King."
BBC NEWS
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May 5, 2005

Tactical Voting

Strategic Voter 2005
so now who do we vote for?
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UK Election 2005 - a different way of seeing it

Political Compass
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Who Should You Vote For?

Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for? v2

Your expected outcome:

Labour


Your actual outcome:



Labour 13
Conservative -26
Liberal Democrat 48
UKIP -16
Green 31


You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For

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May 4, 2005

No booze needed for beer goggles

"The mere thought of beer or wine can influence your sex drive, according to a study of undergraduates."
news @ nature.com
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May 3, 2005

Are You a Midnight Snacker? Blame Your Genes

"Is midnight snacking keeping you up late at night and keeping you off your diet? A faulty gene may be to blame, researchers said on Thursday."
AOL News
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