December 7th, 2007

Humpback Whales

Why Whales Sing
Humpback whales may sing not to court mates but to help explore the seas around them.
When a male humpback moves someplace new, he changes his song to match those coming from other nearby whales. "The traditional explanation for why whales do this is that male whales are singing to seduce female whales, and that females get really turned on by songs that are currently in style," said neuroscientist Eduardo Mercado. 

"A song that does not follow the most recent trends might be viewed as passé by females, so singers would need to keep current to compete."
But instead of learning songs to better attract females, Mercado suggests humpbacks do so to help navigate new locales.
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Beyond the Grave

Space is the Final Frontier
For just $1,300, you can alternately choose to send a small capsule of your cremated remains into orbit.

Space burials are currently offered by one company, Celestis, who include the remains as a secondary payload, usually along with commercial satellite launches. The late Gene Roddenberry, creator of "Star Trek," and the eccentric author Timothy Leary made the trip on the same rocket flight in 1997.
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We are not Alone

Aliens Apart
While the cosmos could easily be rife with intelligent life – the architecture of the universe, and not some Starfleet Prime Directive, has ensured precious little interference of one culture with another.

For years scientists have wrestled with a puzzling fact: The universe appears to be remarkably suited for life. Its physical properties are finely tuned to permit our existence. Stars, planets and the kind of sticky chemistry that produces fish, ferns and folks wouldn't be possible if some of the cosmic constants were only slightly different.
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The New Face of Domestic Violence

Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence
When most people think of domestic violence, they think of men abusing women. While that stereotype is often true, many women are also guilty of violence against their partners.

It happened just last week when Mary Delgado, a former NFL cheerleader and contestant on the reality TV show "The Bachelor," was arrested in Seminole, Florida, for attacking her fiance Byron Velvick. The couple got into an argument, and Delgado became violent, striking Velvick in the chest and face, splitting his lip. Though Velvick reportedly did not want to press charges, police arrived and arrested Delgado.
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Joke of the Day

Cindy and Sally meet at their 30th class reunion, and they hadn't seen each other since graduation. They begin to talk and bring each other up-to-date. The conversation covers their husbands, their children, homes, etc., and finally gets around to their sex lives.

Cindy said, "It's OK. We get it on every week or so, but it's no big adventure. How's yours?"

Sally replied, "It's just great ever since we got into S&M."

Cindy is aghast. "Really, Sally! I never would have guessed that you would go for that sort of thing."

"Oh, sure," says Sally. "He snores while I masturbate." 
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Image of the Day

Sea Lions

An Australian sea lion mugs for the camera off Adelaide, Australia. These highly endangered sea mammals have been hurt by decades of over-hunting.
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