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Submission + - Why We Gain Weight As We Age (

Ant writes: "National Public Radio (NPR), with its streaming audio, reports that "... the idea that you just can't eat what you used to. But why is that so? And is it avoidable? There are a number of reasons why we put on the pounds as years go by, but take heart: There are ways to fight back — and win!

There are some particular biological changes that happen as we age. For one, aging muscles actually contribute to the increase in the amount of fat we store in our bodies, ... ... In large part, that's because we lose muscle cells as we age. When younger muscle cells get damaged, they're quickly repaired. That's not the case with older muscles..."

Seen on Neatorama."


Submission + - 100 years of Big Content Fearing Technology... (

Ant writes: "This two pages Arstechnica article talks about the last "100 years of Big Content fearing technology--in its own words... rightsholders have fretted about everything from the player piano to the video casette recorder (VCR) to digital television (TV) to Napster. Here are those objections, in Big Content's own words...

Seen on Boing Boing."

Submission + - Milk drinking started around 7,500 years ago ... (

Ant writes: "EurekaAlert! reports that "milk drinking started around 7,500 years ago in central Europe. The ability to digest the milk sugar lactose first evolved in dairy farming communities in central Europe, not in more northern groups as was previously thought, finds a new study led by UCL (University College London) scientists published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology.

The genetic change that enabled early Europeans to drink milk without getting sick has been mapped to dairying farmers who lived around 7,500 years ago in a region between the central Balkans and central Europe. Previously, it was thought that natural selection favoured milk drinkers only in more northern regions because of their greater need for vitamin D in their diet. People living in most parts of the world make vitamin D when sunlight hits the skin, but in northern latitudes there isn't enough sunlight to do this for most of the year...

Seen on Neatorama."


Submission + - Eleven (11) Years of Google: A Look Back (

antdude writes: PC World (five pages; one print page) shares the eleven (11) years of Google's history — "Google has come a long way in its eleven-year history, from its humble beginning as a Stanford University research project in 1998, to the global, multi-billion dollar online presence Google enjoys today..."

Seen on Digg.

"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."