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Sign in to read: Why gay marriage divides the world - 16 May 2012 - New Scientist
SO NOW we know: US president Barack Obama is in favour of same-sex marriage. After evading the question for months, he finally made his position clear in a TV interview. "For me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," he told ABC.
The real Greek tragedy may be the climate - opinion - 14 October 2011 - New Scientist
Greece's debt crisis threatens more than the collapse of the euro and the European Union - it would also be a climate disaster GREECE is going to default, one way or another, that much is clear. The bigger question is whether it will also leave the euro and what that would mean.
Rats free each other from traps, then share chocolate - life - 08 December 2011 - New Scientist
Rat catchers may need to up their game. The distress shown by a trapped rat will encourage another rat to spring the trap and free the rodent. The finding suggests the common pest shows a level of empathic behaviour previously thought unique to primates.
Special report: After Japan's megaquake - New Scientist
The biggest earthquake in Japanese history and the ensuing tsunami has left thousands dead and many more missing.
Why are conservatives happier than liberals? [Psychol Sci. 2008] - PubMed - NCBI
We are sorry, but NCBI web applications do not support your browser, and may not function properly. More information here... Department of Psychology, New York University, New York, NY 10003-6634, USA. [email protected] In this research, we drew on system-justification theory and the notion that conservative ideology serves a palliative function to explain why conservatives are happier than liberals.
Aaron Ramsey in goal link to Whitney death
Every time the Arsenal midfielder scores, a famous figure dies. Whitney was the fourth in under a year. Her body was found hours after Ramsey, 21, netted during the Premier League game against Sunderland on Saturday. The coincidences began last May when Ramsey scored against Man United.
Years – Bartholomäus Traubeck
A record player that plays slices of wood. Year ring data is translated into music, 2011. Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm. A tree's year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music.
The Seedy, Scandalous History of Valentine's Day : Discovery News
Forget roses, chocolate boxes, and candlelight dinners. On Valentine's Day, this is rather boring stuff - at least according to ancient Roman standards. Imagine half naked men running through the streets, whipping young women with bloodied thongs made from freshly cut goat skins.
Falling in love makes men broody - life - 14 February 2012 - New Scientist
Falling in love really does make you broody - especially if you are a man. New lovers show greater activation of brain areas related to parental attachment when they see a baby than single people. This was particularly pronounced in men, hinting that babies may be on their mind from the outset of a relationship.
CultureLab: Obsession, for Tigers
The renowned London Zoo in Regent's Park has released some suitably erotic photos in time for Valentine's Day. Starring in the images are Raika and Lumpur, the zoo's Sumatran tigers, a subspecies so endangered that only a few hundred still exist in the wild - a situation which, to judge from these pictures, isn't the tigers' fault.
Alaska snow woes hit weary, starving moose
Alaskans can add one more woe to the problems that come with a long, cold winter full of heavy snow: weary moose. It's actually gone beyond weary, wildlife advocates say, because moose are starving, perishing on railroad tracks and slamming through automobile windshields along highways where they go to escape the deep snow.
Skyrim : 2012
CLICK HERE FOR PART 2- Skyrim is still thriving in the year 2012 and Belethor's distant cousin Gregethor is running the shop with Digurd, Sigurd's distant relative. Buckets still get put on heads and coin purses still get thieved, and throwing fire and ice at each other is still the preferred way of settling a dispute.
The Cognitive Axon: Zombie Brain: Conclusions
This post is the final installment of our collaborative venture (between Oscillatory Thoughts and Cognitive Axon ) exploring the Zombie Brain .  We hope you’ve enjoyed this little ride. Sincerely, Bradley Voytek Ph.D.  & Tim Verstynen Ph.D. Bringing it all together: The Zombie Brain Over the last ten days we’ve laid out our vision of the zombie brain.
BLDGBLOG: Object Cancers
There was a lot of talk last week about the emergence of " physibles ," or downloadable data sets hosted on the Pirate Bay that would allow (potentially copyrighted) objects to be reproduced at home by 3D printers.
Is urban air pollution actually a stress-busting narcotic? | SmartPlanet
Carbon monoxide is a highly toxic air pollutant that can kill you, but it might also have a calming effect on the jittery nerves of overstressed city dwellers.
We should stop panicking about Boozy Britain | | Independent Battle of Ideas Blogs
Here’s what everybody knows about Boozy Britain. As a nation we are drinking twice as much as we did sixty years ago. The double whammy of cheaper booze and 24 hour drinking has led to an epidemic of alcohol abuse which threatens to overwhelm the NHS.
Gourmet crisps: a half baked idea
A simple salted crisp is a fine thing. Why do manufacturers insist in drenching their latest creations in weird-tasting chemicals? Following their horribly named "Do us a flavour" marketing campaign of a couple of years ago, Walkers have just announced a new irritating gimmick - what's that flavour?
When is a Twitter storm a real Twitter storm?
Research into the content of more than five million tweets has given an insight into the relationship between Twitter and mainstream media outlets. It appears that Twitter storms, as reported by newspapers, are not always what they seem. The research suggests that papers sometimes "reveal" storms that do not, in terms of Twitter's traffic, deserve the description.