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By Jen

In the 1932 dystopia classic "A Brave New World" Aldous Huxley envisions a world in which the world state has complete control over reproduction. It is a world where natural childbirth is all but obsolete, and humans "engineered" to be perfectly adapted to their pre-determined station in life are produced in factories. Now, thanks to researchers from the University of Tokyo in Japan, we are one step closer to realizing his nightmare. This realization comes in the form of an artificial microfluidic chip designed to more closely mimic the womb for in-vitro fertilized (IFV) embryos. Traditional... Read More

Checkers, America's favorite board game is over, that's right, GAME OVER. You can't win, not today, not tomorrow, not ever! No more sitting around the pickle barrel playing "stump the chump". No more Howard and Barney playing a game at Floyd's barbershop, while Andy waxes on so eloquently...Why bother, it's been proven that even when "perfectly played" you can't win. The best you can hope for is a draw. People, meet Chinook, The Checker Champion. Computer scientists from the University of Alberta, Canada have designed a checker-playing computer program that, quite simply, cannot be beaten.... Read More
By Jen
This just in! Men talk just as much as women! That’s right; thanks to researchers from the University of Arizona, and a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, we can safely put to rest the notion that “women just don’t know when to shut up”. Apparently, men are just as verbose as the “fairer sex”. The idea that women talk more than men is the subject of much western folklore, and has long been considered scientific fact. This idea being so engrained in society that when respected neuropsychiatrist, Louann Brizendine first asserted that women use 20,000 words per day... Read More
Since 8000 years the coca leaf is highly valued for its healing and stimulating properties. It is a very important source of proteins, vitamines, and minerals for the highland population of the Andes. The coca plant is one of the most nutritious plants there is; coca leaves contain more calcium than milk, and more protein than meat. [The coca plant] can withstand the comparison between all fruits and vegetables. Coca leaves are consumed by chewing and drinking tea or drinking an alcoholic beverage containing cocaleaf extract (tonicum). Studies of various universities have shown that consumption... Read More
If you think Big Brother isn’t watching, think again. With the proliferation of cell phone cameras, credit card size cameras and micro-recording devices, there is a pretty good chance that something you do in public – or in private – could end up on the Internet where the whole world can see it. Case in point, Miss New Jersey Amy Polumbo has found out the hard way that things that are supposed to be kept private are not secure when they are on the Internet. This morning on NBC’s Today show, Polumbo revealed the photographs that someone has been trying to use to blackmail her. These... Read More
I am faced with the unappealing certainty that I am going to be bald. In fact, I'm currently careening into the ranks of the shorn-headed males who owe their nude shiny scalps not to any cosmetic predilection, but rather to that complex synthesis of genetics and environment for which there is little control over. Despite reassurances that the genes responsible for baldness are inherited from one's mother, the collective glares emitted from atop my father and his brothers in pictures and at family gatherings have become seared into my mind as a forewarning of what’s in store for me down the... Read More
Participants with the most ‘plays’ have the opportunity to win $1,000.00 Razz, Inc today launched an innovative online sound mix contest, called the Razz Mix Awards. The contest gives entrants the opportunity to create their own specialty mixes, choosing from a variety of audio clips including music, movie lines, jokes, celebrity quips and more, all on the newly launched Razz Mixer. Participants display the mix on their social network’s profile pages or personal webpage in an effort to have others play their mix. Participants will also have the opportunity to convert their original mixes... Read More

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