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Love: Real or Better Living Through Chemistry?


From the first time I was on an amusement park roller coaster I could sense that the sensation in my levi’s was out of the ordinary.  As I grew older the scent of jasmine and femininity intertwined in my mind … Continue reading

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Recent Research on Toxoplasmosis and Cats


I like cats.  Not as much as I like dogs, but then I don’t have to walk my cat.  Besides, community regulations frown on any dog bigger than a cat.  You’ve got to go along to get along.  Nevertheless, I’m … Continue reading

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Toxoplasmosis: Your Cat’s Gift That Keeps on Giving


Toxoplasmosis Gondii infection makes infected mice unafraid and even attracted to areas where cats have sprayed.  This parasite can cross into the brain and cause unpredictable behavior depending on the site of infection.  Its prevalence is probably not very great…unless … Continue reading

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Are Males Really Necessary? Good News for the Future of the Y-Chromosome


Men Can Rest Easy: Sex Chromosomes Are Here to Stay ScienceDaily (May 8, 2012) — Fears that sex-linked chromosomes, such as the male Y chromosome, are doomed to extinction have been refuted in a new genetic study which examines the sex … Continue reading

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Portuguese Women’s Skulls Differ North to South


Significant Skull Differences Between Closely Linked Groups ScienceDaily (Apr. 12, 2012) — In order to accurately identify skulls as male or female, forensic anthropologists need to have a good understanding of how the characteristics of male and female skulls differ between … Continue reading

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U.S Intelligence: Looming Water Wars Will Add to Global Insecurity


  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owens_Lake  This once bountiful lake dating to 12,000 years ago is the “sacrificial lamb” that, since 1913, has been diverted to feed the needs of Los Angeles, an otherwise desert community.  It is, in microcosm, a vision of our … Continue reading

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LSD Considered as Treatment for Alcoholism


 Crick admits using LSD prior to discovery of DNA Recently, some entheogenic substances (hallucinogenic being out of favor for a long time) have been being reconsidered in psychotherapy.  Now we see it being discussed as an adjunct in the treatment … Continue reading

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Svante Pääbo Sequences Denisova (Neandertal Contemporary) Genome


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svante_Paabo Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil February 7, 2012 EnlargeResearchers have now been able to sequence the entire Denisova genome using 10 milligram of a finger bone fragment that was found in the Denisova-Cave in Southern Sibiria. … Continue reading

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Myth and History of “Tree Hugging”


Show the slight­est bit of con­cern for the en­vi­ron­ment and you get la­beled a tree hug­ger. That’s what poor Newt Gin­grich has been deal­ing with re­cently, as the other pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates at­tack his con­ser­v­a­tive cre­den­tials for hav­ing once ap­peared in an ad with Nancy … Continue reading

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Foreknowledge of Death and the Higher Apes


Recent research has shown that apes (and other higher mammals) may be closer to humans in terms of the ability to think rationally, self recognize, and empathize to the point that there is a growing reluctance to use them in … Continue reading

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