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Oliver Twist Didn't Need More Said Experts

We've all knew Oliver Twist asked for an extra helping of gruel in Charles Dickens novel about the boy, but if Twist was a normal nine-year-old, then he really shouldn't need any more, experts said.

First US Face Transplant Successful

Face transplantSurgeons were able to replace 80 percent of a woman's face with that of a cadaver's, the fourth of such operations in the world.

Study: Romantic Comedies Bad for Relationships

A study by Heriot Watt University claims that watching romantic comedies is bad for relationship because they promote unrealistic expectations.

Scientists Developed Material With Properties of Both Plastic and Metal

Scientists in Germany have developed a composite material that can conduct electricity like metal but with the weight and cost of plastic.

Max Planck Institute Mistakenly Prints Macau Brothel Ad on Journal Cover; Thought It Was Poetry

The Max Planck Institute in German was embarrassed to learn that the "poetry" that graced their special issue on China was effectively an ad for a brothel in Macau promising, among other things, "hot housewives in action."

Study: Being Sexist Can Net You More Money

Male/female symbol According to a study (PDF) published in September's issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology, men who thinks a woman's place is at home generally earns more than "modern-thinking" men.

"Our results illustrate that gender role orientation, as a means of preserving the historical separation of work and domestic roles, tends to do exactly that, even in today's workforce of roughly equal participation rates for men and women. Specifically, traditional gender role orientation provides men with strong earnings advantages, even when relevant control variables are taken into account."

Why is that so? Winchester University's Dr Magdalena Zawisza has this to say,

"It could be that more traditionally-minded men are interested in power, both in terms of access to resources - money in this case - and also in terms of a woman who is submissive.

"Another theory suggests that employers are more likely to promote men who are the sole earner in preference to those who do not - they recognise that they need more support for their families, because they are the breadwinner."

 

How To Survive A Bellyflop From 35 Feet

Bellyflop The BBC has posted the answer to one of life's most pressing questions: How to perform and survive a bellyflop dive.

The short of it is to spread oneself wide. For the long answer, you'll have to read the article.

 

Study: People Pick Mates Who Look Like Their Opposite-Sex Parents

According to a University of Pécs study, summarized by the BBC, women tend to choose mates who look like their fathers, while men tend to choose mates who look like their mothers.

The phenomenon is called sexual imprinting. Experts speculate that this may be because mates with similar features as their parents may imply genetic compatibility.

Read the rest of the BBC report here; or if you're feeling masochistic and can pony up 50 bucks, you can read the original research here.

 

Not Even NASA Is Immune From Computer Viruses

Guarding a computer from virus infection is apparently harder than it looks. Not even bright folks over at NASA are immune.

Australian Scientist: Eat Kangaroo To Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas

An Australian scientist by the name of George Wilson says eating Kangaroo meat can significantly help reduce the emission of those environment-altering greenhouse gases.

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