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Why do men prefer nice women?: Responsiveness and desire -- Good description of study.

Science of dating: why playing hard to get only works for men -- Not so good description. It's not that "[m]en should play hard to get if they want to attract the opposite sex on a first date otherwise women will see them as unmanly or manipulative," it's that being overly responsive & agreeable will set off red flags. On a first date? Ingratiating oneself is never a good mating strategy, but many women will indeed see it as such: a mating strategy, not one for building a relationship (especially not between equals).

Lesson: Don't be smarmy.

Man dressed as Spider-Man punches NYPD cop in Times Square, authorities say -- I love how the Daily News just uses a pic of a random guy in a Spidey suit, not of the alleged criminal himself so outfitted.

2 injured when cable on Ohio amusement park ride snaps | Two people hurt after cable snaps on Skyhawk at Cedar Point -- Bad news for my favorite amusement park. Never been on that ride, though, and probably won't any time soon.

Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, U of Michigan research finds: Research in rats may help explain how trauma's effects can span generations

My Rapist Was a Sweetheart -- I'd been avoiding Huff Post since their posting access restrictions changed. Against my better judgment, I clicked on this, mainly because the subject is part of the national conversation right now. This article is really not good, not for its content per se, but for its structure. I'm not just talking about mechanical errors (though those irk me, especially as the byline lists the author as an "editor"); no, the main problem is that it starts out as anecdote, then abandons that midway through. What happened the rest of the way home with her friend? What did they talk about after Terry Richardson came up in conversation? Did they have a blow-up? Are they still friends? You don't abandon a story midstream. Tie loose ends, dammit.
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FSU under investigation for handling of Jameis Winston case

Family of beaten driver: He pleaded with attackers; why were they so angry?

Army ban on hairstyles including dreadlocks, cornrows prompts allegations of racial bias

Heterosexual Women, Please Stop Using the Term "Girl Crush" -- So, I identify basically as 98% heterosexual. Still, I find certain women attractive. I've been stereotypically crushing on Angela Bassett for over two decades now. If she were to somehow know me & be into me, we would be together right now. Right the fuck now. But, at the same time, I wouldn't use a term like "girl crush" to describe the sensation. So I kind of get both sides.

Stroke Brought on by Insomnia; New Study Finds Link Between Trouble Sleeping and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Cereal box cartoons often stare down, entice children: study | more -- That's actually kind of creepy.
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Bogus Nelson Mandela interpreter was among group who burned 2 men to death, say friends

Florida police say man lied about abandoned baby -- The whole situation could have been averted, as "under Florida law, a newborn can be left at a public place, such as a fire station or police station without any legal repercussions."

Oakland Teen Declared Brain Dead Days After Routine Tonsil Surgery -- I wonder if her wounds were properly cauterized. One of my closest friends had surgery to remove polyps from his throat & he also experienced heavy bleeding due to improper procedures.

Ancient Pig-Shaped Baby Bottle Found

Can women get sex whenever they like?

Thousands of Germans get warning letters for watching copyrighted porn: Letters ask recipients to pay €250 fine for watching films on streaming website -- I tell you, if I receive one of those letters, I'm not paying shite.
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Blow to multiple human species idea -- "Writing in Science, the team says that Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis and Homo erectus are all part of a single evolving lineage that led to modern humans."

Some Monkeys Have Conversations That Resemble Ours -- marmosets

Scans prove NFL brain drain -- Well, the league certainly settled their lawsuit at the right time.

Donor Eggs Increasingly Used for IVF, With Rising Success -- I had no idea that black women who use IVF experience lower rates of success. Interesting.
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Financial worries lower thinking ability: Financial worries can reduce your ability to think about other things and effectively reduce your IQ by 13 points, according to a new study | more | even more | even even more

Men secretly want their wives to fail: Men feel worse about themselves when their wives or girlfriends succeed, especially in an area where they have failed -- "When comparing all the results, the researchers found that it didn't matter if the achievements or failures were social or intellectual, men subconsciously felt worse about themselves when their partner succeeded than when she failed."

Addicted to Facebook fame? Blame your brain's nucleus accumbens -- "That little knot of neurons also plays a part in how good you feel about financial gain — but in a series of experiments, researchers in Germany found that Facebook usage seems more closely related to a boost in reputation than a boost in the bank account."

Fruit juice linked to increased risk of diabetes, new research shows
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Riley Cooper May Have Bigger Problems Ahead -- Philadelphia Eagles' player who said some of the most racially offensive stuff I've heard in at least the last three weeks

Blacks, Hispanics More Optimistic than Whites -- Economically speaking. Of course, minorities have less to lose & more to potentially gain than their Caucasian counterparts.

Illinois governor signs law allowing medical marijuana -- Still, don't speed in the state of Illinois. Rabid cops there.

For males, monogamy can have evolutionary benefits -- less infanticide

'There Is No Pressure for a Girl to Be a Girl': My quest to understand why some of my female friends are drawn to the frattiest social club on campus

Babies given away live on air in Pakistani talk show -- How does anything on reality television top this?

Inca Child Sacrifice Victims Were Drugged: Mummy hair reveals that young victims were heavy users of coca and alcohol
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A message for

Dear Ms. Castillo:

I recently came across your article "Study: Drunk men described as 'wasted' while women considered 'tipsy'" published July 11, 2013. I came upon the article in a neutral state of mind, but I grew disdainful when I came across the closing of the piece.

There, you state that binge drinking is linked "to health problems including alcohol poisoning, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, heart diseases, liver disease, neurological damage, unintentional injuries like car crashes or falls, and intentional injuries like sexual assault or domestic violence." It is your word choice that alarmed & astonished me. Your turn of phrases--that of "unintentional" & "intentional" injuries--makes it seem that those who engage in these activities solicit such "intentional injuries" as sexual assault & domestic violence. Through sheer rhetoric, you imply that persons (and by persons, I mean women, as those were the focus of the main article as well as the fact that few men are sexually assaulted or domestically abused due to alcohol use or abuse) were complicit in their harm. This is entirely irresponsible, something that should have been obvious to you or to one of your editors.

I implore you to issue a correction to your article or, if that does not occur, that in the future no one ever uses the wording that you have used here to smear an entire gender for behavior in which both/all genders engage.

novapsyche: a woman of stature circa 1900s peering out of a ring (womanring)
Yoga in school not same as teaching religion, California judge rules -- Thank goodness, because that suit was bunk.

Poll: Support for gay marriage hits high after ruling

Habits -- good and bad -- stick when you're stressed -- Keep also in mind that it takes about 27 days to reform a bad habit. (I wonder if the disruption tactic at the end of the article would speed up that process?)

Heavy drinking, 'incompatible' drinking tied to divorce, study says -- Some sexism is also at play here.

Why Healthy Eaters Fall for Fries -- "Mr. Fitzsimons called the phenomenon 'vicarious goal fulfillment.' By seeing a healthy menu option at a restaurant, 'it basically satisfies that goal to be healthy,' he said, and gives consumers leeway to order what they want." (NYT)

Why does it cost more to give birth in the US? -- This article could have been much longer with far more details.

Mysterious Pair Buried With Flowers--Oldest Example Yet: Aromatic sage and mint lined graves found on Israel's Mount Carmel -- "The Natufian society [which flourished between 15,000 and 11,600 years ago in an area that is now Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria] was one of the first--possibly the first--to transition from a roaming hunter-gatherer lifestyle to permanent settlements, and was also the first to establish true graveyards[.]"
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Some Say the Spelling of a Winning Word Just Wasn't Kosher (NYT)

Sorry, Cinderella: Not everyone thinks attractive women must have petite feet

6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism (thanks, [personal profile] supergee)

Vinegar screening helps cut cervical cancer deaths in India: study

Healthy lifestyle habits may improve your memory too -- "Researchers say they were surprised to find that about 14% of the youngest group (ages 18-39) complained about their memory. About 22% of middle-age adults (ages 40-59) and 26% of older adults (ages 60-99) did."

Drug shrinks tumors in metastatic thyroid cancer -- "Although metastatic thyroid cancer sometimes progresses slowly, it's always fatal, with patients surviving only about three years after diagnosis."

Conn. Bill Would Keep Some Newtown Records Private -- "[I]t appears to make the Newtown killings more important than the dozens of other killings in Connecticut each year. [Critics] also question the bill being drafted in secrecy and not being subjected to the public hearing process like other bills are."

eBay bidding soars for NY morgue fridge


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