October 24th, 2007

Water World

Thai Capital in Danger

 

Experts say these waters, aided by sinking land, threaten to submerge Thailand's sprawling capital of more than 10 million people within this century.


Bangkok
is one of 13 of the world's largest 20 cities at risk of being swamped as sea levels rise in coming decades, according to warnings at the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change held here.

 

The loss of Bangkok would destroy the country's economic engine and a major hub for regional tourism.

 

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Human Sex

A Brief History of Human Sex

Birds do it, bees do it, humans since the dawn of time have done it. 

 

But just how much has the act really changed through the millennia and even in past decades? Are humans doing it more? Are we doing it better? Sort of, say scientists. But it's how people fess up to the truth about their sex lives that has changed the most over the years.

 

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Human Emotions

Emotions Run Amok in Sleep-Deprived Brains

 

Without sleep, the emotional centers of our brains dramatically overreact to bad experiences, research now reveals.

 

"When we're sleep deprived, it's really as if the brain is reverting to more primitive behavior, regressing in terms of the control humans normally have over their emotions," says researcher Matthew Walker, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Anyone who has ever gone without a good night's sleep is aware that doing so can make a person emotionally irrational. While past studies have revealed that sleep loss can impair the immune system and brain processes such as learning and memory, there has been surprisingly little research into why sleep deprivation affects emotions, Walker said.

 

Walker and his colleagues had 26 healthy volunteers either get normal sleep or get sleep deprived, making them stay awake for roughly 35 hours.

 

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Quote of the Day

"The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us."

 

John F. Kennedy, Amherst College, Oct 26, 1963

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Lasting Images

Jacqueline Kennedy 



Jacqueline Kennedy in Givenchy, Robert Kennedy, John Jr. and Caroline depart the U.S. Capitol after a lying-in-state ceremony for John F. Kennedy. A week after the assassination on November 29, 1963 the President's widow was interviewed in
Hyannis port by Theodore H. White of Life magazine. In that session, she quoted Queen Guinevere from the musical, trying to express how the loss felt. "Now he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man."

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

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