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Submission + - Scientists Identify Gene for Oral Sex

An anonymous reader writes: The New Scientist reports that researchers have pinpointed a gene that makes females suck up sperm through their mouths. The gene was found in the cichlid fish, where the males have evolved a way to lure females close so that they can squirt sperm into their mouths. In cichlids, females hold their eggs in their mouths and incubate them there after fertilization — a behaviour that is thought to have evolved to protect the eggs from predators. As soon as a female has spawned her eggs, she collects them up in her mouth. Normally, sperm released into the water by a male nearby will then fertilize the eggs. But males of certain cichlid species in east Africa have evolved a way to increase the odds that females take up their sperm. Oval yellow markings resembling the eggs are found on the anal or pelvic fins so that when a female approaches the male, she thinks she sees an egg on its fin, so tries to vacuum it up in her mouth — and get a mouthful of sperm from the canny male in the process. "It looks like she's eager to pick up the 'egg dummy' because she thinks she's forgotten one of her own eggs," says Walter Salzburger at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, who led the study. Researchers suspect a gene called csf1ra — short for colony-stimulating factor 1 receptor a, is responsible after extracting DNA samples from 19 cichlid species — nine that had egg spots on their fins and 10 that did not and finding that species that had evolved most recently had a mutation in the csf1ra linked to the egg spots. Salzburger says this shows that the dummy egg spots are a genetic trait that provides a selective advantage because they encourage females to participate in oral mating.

Submission + - AMD and Intel's 5 biggest mistakes (

mr_sifter writes: "Intel and AMD have been responsible for many great products, but both firms have certainly made more than their fair share of mistakes. Custom PC has taken a look at both firms' five biggest screw ups: dodgy marketing, techno-babble, dubious features, and good old FUD all present and correct, with lowlights such as Intel's RAMBUS alliance and AMD's woeful QuadFX making an appearance."

Submission + - What if Google Had to Design For Google? (

An anonymous reader writes: Web developers increasingly grow weary of having to put so much effort into designing their sites according to the whims of the Google search engine. When the most important thing is "getting indexed" its increasingly difficult for web site designers to offer the simple, uncluttered user experience they'd like to. Reminiscent of the famed what if msft designed the ipod box here is a humorous look at what would happen to that famed, clean, uncluttered look if Google had to design for the Google Search Engine.

Submission + - Chinese babies named "@" (

Complete Chinoized writes: The spam problem is apparently solved

- just name your baby "@" (Chinese translation: "love him") will give the spammers something to chew on.

SHANGHAI, Aug. 16 — A CHINESE couple tried to name their baby "@," saying the character used in e-mail addresses showed their love for the child, an official said during a press conference on the state of Chinese language in Beijing this morning.

The whole world uses it to write e-mail, and translated into Chinese it means 'love him,' the couple explained, according to Li Yuming, deputy director of the State Language Commission.

The unusual name stands out especially in Chinese, which has no alphabet and instead uses thousands of multi-stroke characters to represent words.

The "@" symbol is familiar to Chinese e-mail users, they often use the English word "at" to sound it out — which with a drawn out "T" sounds something like "ai ta", or "love him," to Mandarin speakers.

Li did not say if the "@" name is acceptable.
Source: ml

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