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+ - New Evidence Sexuality Is Innate: Study Finds Gay Men Respond to Male Pheromones->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Here’s some more evidence that sexuality is an innate characteristic: Gay men are more likely to respond to male sex pheromones than they are to female ones. Chinese researchers studied the pheromones naturally given off by men and women in things such as semen, sweat, and urine. Scientists have been aware of the existence of two distinct pheromones—androstadienone (found in male semen and sweat) and estratetraenol (present in female urine)—for some time, but it’s been unclear whether they’ve had much of an effect on the opposite gender. It turns out that they do, and how they do depends on a person’s sexuality. To test their hypothesis, Wen Zhou of the Chinese Academy of Sciences set up an experiment in which participants looked at a video in which human figures rendered in a connect-the-dots style (shown above) were shown walking. Participants were then asked to guess whether the figures were masculine or feminine. When exposed to androstadienone, heterosexual women were more likely to suggest that the wire figure was a man—but the pheromone had no effect on heterosexual men."
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+ - Global Warming is Already Melting the Next Ice Age->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Earth has natural cycles of glaciation that we can pin down by looking at the planet's orbital patterns around the sun. The ice goes in, the ice goes out, as the Earth heats and cools naturally. When it comes in, we have an ice age. We've been in a warm period for about 11,000 years now and we should've been due for an ice age in about 1,500 years. We're not because we've trapped too much heat already in our atmosphere for things to cool properly. According to a just-out paper in Nature Geoscience, that next ice age is going to be delayed by tens of thousands of years. This is not actually good news."
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+ - Why Occupy Wall Street Chose Tumblr->

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "Earlier this year, Facebook and Twitter played a crucial role in mobilizing protestors in Iran, Cairo and Tunisia. Now Tumblr has been uniquely appropriated for a U.S.-based protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street, which has been coalescing in New York, Boston and Chicago to challenge the influence of corporate money on government and the growth of social and economic inequality.

A hybrid of ordinary blogging platforms, such as Typepad or Wordpress, and of the microblogging site Twitter, Tumblr gives users the ability to post photos, videos and messages and share with people they don’t know.

The site has been a force behind the Occupy Wall Street protests, growing the number of demonstrations from just dozens of people in late September to thousands on Wednesday, as several local unions joined in on a march down Broadway."

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+ - Who's Bankrolling the Climate-Change Deniers? 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Bryan Walsh writes in Time Magazine that climate denialism exists in part because there has been a long-term, well-financed effort on the part of conservative groups and corporations to distort global-warming science. "The blows have been struck by a well-funded, highly complex and relatively coordinated denial machine," say sociologists Riley Dunlap and Aaron McCright. Fossil-fuel companies like Exxon and Peabody Energy — which obviously have a business interest in slowing any attempt to reduce carbon emissions — have combined with traditionally conservative corporate groups like the US Chamber of Commerce and conservative foundations like the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, to raise doubts about the basic validity of what is, essentially, a settled scientific truth. The naysayers seem to be following the playbook written by the tobacco industry in its long, ongoing war against medical findings about the dangers of smoking. For both Big Oil and Big Smoke, that playbook is lethally simple: don't straight-up refute the science, just raise skepticism and insist that the findings are "unsettled" and that "more research" is necessary."

Comment: No more Torchwood Miracle Day on Starz Live? (Score 1) 314

by Frogking (#37287304) Attached to: Starz To Pull Content From Netflix

I ALMOST cancelled my Netflix account when the price for disc & streaming went up. Then I found Starz had a live stream of their network channel on Netflix. I really started to get into Torchwood Miracle Day and decided not to cancel Netflix. Now I'm pretty sure I will be closing my account, and go to a "friend" to get the show for me online for free.

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+ - Firm can't fire man for 1.8 cent theft->

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An anonymous reader writes "BERLIN (Reuters) A German company that fired a man for the theft of 1.8 euro cents (two U.S. cents) worth of electricity had no grounds for sacking him, a court ruled, dismissing the firm's appeal against his reinstatement.

Network administrator Oliver Beel lost his job after charging his Segway, a two-wheeled electric vehicle, at work in May 2009. After he connected the vehicle to the firm's power source for 1-1/2 hours, his boss asked him to remove it.

Twelve days later Beel found himself without a job."

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+ - Internet Petitions Stephen Colbert To Hold 'Restor->

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jamie
jamie writes "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent "Restoring Honor" event. The would-be rally has been dubbed "Restoring Truthiness" and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own "Colbert Nation.""
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