September 28th, 2007

The Risks of Love

Men Pay the Ultimate Price to Attract Women

While it is tough to be a woman, being a man can be downright deadly. Women live longer than men. And now scientists suggest a simple Darwinian reason: Competing for a mate can wear a guy out or get him killed. 

"Women live longer in almost every country, and the sex difference in lifespan has been recognized since at least the mid-18th century," said Daniel Kruger at the
University of Michigan. "It isn't a recent trend; it originates from our deep evolutionary history."

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Joke of the Day


Q: Why don't Canadians have group sex?

A: Too many thank-you letters to write afterwards.

Changing Minds

 You've got the Power

Have we always had the mind we have today, or is the mind a constantly changing concept? 

If we read ancient mystical texts, or study concepts such as the Akashic Records, it appears we do not have a mind today that the ancients would recognize. Rather, the Akashic Records suggest a mind that is all-encompassing, holistic, and complete with all knowledge of the universe. They are a concept the mind can wander through, as if a great library of all knowledge, and all meaning. 

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Sexy Genes

Sexual Desire is in Your Genes

Your desire to take off your pants may depend on your genes. The discovery might change how psychologists view sexuality.

The researchers found that individual differences in human sexual desire can be attributed to genetic variations. The study is the first to provide data to show that common variations in the sequence of DNA impact on sexual desire, arousal and function, the researchers said.

The scientists, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, examined the DNA of 148 healthy male and female university students and compared the results with questionnaires asking for the students' self-descriptions of their sexual desire, arousal and sexual function. They found a correlation between variants in a gene called the D4 receptor and the students' self-reports on sexuality.

The results suggest that low sexual desire might be a normal biological condition rather than a psychological problem, the researchers say. Further, it might be possible to develop drugs to alter sexual desire based on the new findings.

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