October 1st, 2007

Devil's Bible

Codex Gigas

Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil's Bible — a medieval manuscript said to have been written 800 years ago with the devil's help — has returned to Prague after an absence of 359 years. And Czechs were eager to see it, officials said Friday.

The priceless piece, considered the biggest medieval book, was taken from the Prague Castle by Swedish troops at the end of the Thirty Years' War in 1648. It is in Prague on loan from Sweden's Royal Library in Stockholm. It was put on display under high security at the Czech National Library. 

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Why Women Worry So Much

Scientists have known that on the whole, females of all ages tend to worry more and have more intense worries than males. Women also tend to perceive more risk in situations and grow more anxious than men.
Now we know why.

Women are more likely than men to believe that past experiences accurately forecast the future, according to two new studies. The research, involving both 3- to 6-year-olds and adults of both genders, tested the extent to which participants' thought that worry can be caused by thinking that a bad event that happened in the past could happen again in the future.


This skill, in its simplest form, is critical to social understanding as it is important to making decisions and assessing risk.


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DNA Structure

DNA Structure Also Crucial to Genomic Variation

A new study shows that structural variations in DNA are key to individual differences, indicating that all parts of the genome are prone to rearrangement.

Until recently, genetic variation between people, accounting for everything from differences in hair color to predisposition to illness were attributed to flaws in genetic coding known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).


But a new study argues that a genetic material's arrangement—along with changes in that DNA construct, such as insertion, deletion or rearrangement of segments of code within the genome—plays a more important role.

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Quote of the Day

"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. "


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Person of the Week

Steve Fossett

Teams on the ground and in two aircraft kept up the hunt for millionaire aviator Steve Fossett on Sunday after a new analysis of radar data provided fresh optimism. 

Fossett, 63, was the first person to circle the globe solo in a balloon. He also swam the
English Channel, completed the Iditarod sled-dog race and scaled some of the world's best-known peaks.

MILF of the Week!

Jennie Garth

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)