November 8th, 2007

A Woman's Sexy Wiggle

How men are conned by a woman's sexy wiggle of the hips…


The sight of a woman's sashaying hips may be enough to make a man go weak at the knees. But he may well be reading too much into her behavior.


A study has shown that women walk with a wiggle when they are at their least fertile - and adopt a less "sexy" gait when they are more likely to conceive. The apparently contradictory finding - which belies earlier evidence that women's behavior becomes more alluring around the time of ovulation - amounts to an evolutionary con-trick on men, scientists said.


This is because genuine signals of sexual availability, such as subtle changes in smell and facial expressions, can be detected only close up. Men who pick up on these signs are likely to be close friends and acquaintances - and therefore more suitable fathers.


However, signals such as gait can be spotted at a distance by strangers who could be unsuitable mates. Having a less-attractive walk around the time of ovulation therefore allows a woman to disguise her fertile period from undesirable men, it is suggested.


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Mother's Milk May Pump Up Baby's IQ

According to new research, if the suckling infant has a certain version of a gene that helps process fatty acids


The argument over whether intelligence is innate or environmentally influenced has raged for more than a century. One of the most recent issues in the nature versus nurture debate is the effect of breast-feeding on IQ.


Research shows that the fatty acids in human milk may influence brain development. Using that data as a springboard, a group of scientists, led by a team at the King's College London Institute of Psychiatry, set out to determine how the makeup of infants interacts with their mothers' milk to affect intelligence.

The researchers found that breast-fed infants with at least one or more of the common variation had an IQ score that was, on average, six to seven points higher than that of a nonnursed kid with similar genetics.


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Silbury Hill

What is the secret of Silbury Hill?


Pagan burial site? Too boring. UFO landing pad? Too bonkers. So what IS the secret of Silbury Hill?

We are about to enter some rather iffy tunnels dug into Silbury Hill, in Wiltshire, a 4,400-year-old man-made pyramid constructed entirely from chalk. The hill is actually a truncated grass covered pyramid about 120ft high and more than 600ft across, weighing an estimated half a million tonnes. 

Silbury, just south of Avebury, took more than 100 years to build and work began, according to the radiometric dating that has been carried out on bits of vegetation and other material recovered from its innards, about 4,400 years ago.

Modern genetic analysis reveals that after the ice-age glaciers receded from Britain about 8-10,000 years ago, these islands were repopulated by probably two waves of peoples - one from what is now Spain and Portugal, the other from the north and east, from what is now Denmark and Norway.

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Quote of the Day

“Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.”


Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 - 1902) 

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Lasting Image

U.S.S. Cyclops

Gone but not Forgotten… The Cyclops is perhaps the most famous of the early 20th century disappearances. She vanished March 1918 in The Bermuda Triangle with 309 men aboard. She is the Navy’s “greatest mystery of the sea.” 

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