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Science

Submission + - Abstinence Education != Abstinence Behaviour (plosone.org)

florescent_beige writes: States that prescribe abstinence-only sex education programs in public schools have significantly higher teenage pregnancy and birth rates than states with more comprehensive sex education programs, researchers from the University of Georgia have determined.

Meanwhile, somebody else on the UGA campus might have said "The only education that guarantees abstinence is physics, especially astrophysics."

Science

Submission + - Correlating Psychopathy with Speach Patterns (eurekalert.org) 2

florescent_beige writes: Researchers from Cornell and UBC report (here and here) that analysis of speech patterns using Wmatrix along with something called the Dictionary of Affect in Language (see a demo here) shows that psychopaths speak differently from other people, at least statistically. Although they say that these differences are "presumably beyond conscious control" the authors do not say if the method has any predictive use.

Regardless, the popular press has already gone headline nonlinear about it.

Medicine

Submission + - Measles Resurgent Due to Fear of Vaccination (eurekalert.org)

florescent_beige writes: In the September Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Gregory Poland, M.D. writes that "More than 150 cases of measles have been reported in the United States already this year and there have been similar outbreaks in Europe, a sign the disease is making an alarming comeback. The reappearance of the potentially deadly virus is the result of unfounded fears about a link between the measles shot and autism that have turned some parents against childhood vaccination..."

Meanwhile, in spite of Mr. & Mrs. Great Unwashed`s opinions, the search for the true causes of autism goes on in spite of the best efforts of old Playboy bunnies.

Submission + - Palladium to Steel: Drop Dead

florescent_beige writes: Researchers from Cal Tech and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have made a palladium-based glass that is both strong and tough. In fact, it might be the toughest material ever made.

Sadly, with current prices at $800/oz and a density 50% higher than steel, palladium won't be showing up in bridges airplanes, or spaceships anytime soon. Dental applications, maybe.

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