gubachwa writes: The student association at Carleton University in Canada recently voted that Cystic Fibrosis was a charity unworthy of receiving money raised during orientation week fund-raising activities. The reason behind the decision, as given in the motion on which the student association voted, is that Cystic Fibrosis "has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men."
gubachwa writes: Remembering a phone number or a person's name is likely child's play for Chester Santos, a 31-year-old software engineer from San Francisco. Today Santos won a competition in which he was awarded the title of having the best memory the United States. This competition is not for the feint of heart. Santos was given a deck of 52 cards whose order he had to memorize in under 5 minutes, which he then recited in front of an audience. Full story here.
gubachwa writes: U.S. researchers have found that obesity can spread through a network of friends, just like the common cold or a penchant for a new style of jeans. So even if you are trying to diet, laying off that Twinkie might not be enough. If your best buddy is still reaching for a bag of chips, his weight gain may eventually be your weight gain as well.
gubachwa writes: Astronaut Lisa Nowak was a part of a crew that was docked at the International Space Station last summer. Today, however, she finds herself locked in a jail cell awaiting a court appearance for alleged kidnapping charges. Supposedly Nowak was involved in some kind of a bizarre love triangle, and the kidnapping victim was to be a woman that Nowak saw as her romantic rival. Read the full story here.