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Submission + - No, Oreos Aren't as Addictive as Cocaine (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Students at Connecticut College opted for the second option, and the consequences that ensued were much more annoying than making some arts and crafts with a darn mouse. Fox News reported that a "College study finds Oreo cookies are as addictive as drugs," Forbes explained "Why Your Brain Treats Oreos Like a Drug," and a ton of other sites ran with the story as well.

Here's how the experiment, which has not been peer reviewed and has not been presented yet, went down. Mice were placed in a maze, with one end holding an Oreo and the other end holding a rice cake. The mice, without fail, decided to eat the Oreo over the rice cake, proving once and for all that mice like cookies better than tasteless discs with a styrofoamy texture.

Submission + - Gamers solve decade old HIV puzzle in ten days ( 2

twocows writes: From the article: "Scientists from Washington University have been struggling for the past decade to decipher the complex structure of a enzyme that exhibits AIDS-like behavior, and which might hold a critical role in building a cure for the disease. Gamers playing spatial game Foldit have managed to collectively determine the enzyme’s structure in ten days."

Submission + - When the system bug is actually a person (

GMGruman writes: An anonymous IT developer tells the tale of his first big project: developing a purchasing system. It worked flawlessly, but after a few months, purchase orders stopped happening. As he investigated the cause, he found no technical issues. But the company had made one change that showed how even perfect technology can't overcome human behavior.

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