December 20th, 2007

Sex Education

Helping Teenagers Delay Sex
Teenagers who have had formal sex education are far more likely to put off having sex, contradicting earlier studies on the effectiveness of such programs, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
They found teenage boys who had sex education in school were 71 percent less likely to have intercourse before age 15, and teen girls who had sex education were 59 percent less likely to have sex before age 15.
Sex education also increased the likelihood that teen boys would use contraceptives the first time they had sex, according to the study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
"Sex education seems to be working," Trisha Mueller, an epidemiologist with the CDC who led the study, said in a statement. "It seems to be especially effective for populations that are usually at high risk."
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Our Planet

Climate Change
Climate change is the greatest threat to nature.  We all rely on nature for survival and now nature is relying on us.

Government leaders from around the world met in Bali, Indonesia, during the first two weeks of December to lay the groundwork for the next international agreement to address climate change. Over 10,000 people attended this United Nations-sponsored event, representing government, indigenous groups, non-governmental organization, corporations and all sectors of society.
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The Ethics of Cultural Murder
If the human species is to survive it must provide a benign, worldwide, uniform culture as a working environment. This is essential for a creative species.
Since the human is neither instinctively nor intellectually uniform, there will be variances in individual behavior around a central average. 
The behavior of an individual is often contrary to that desired by the majority.
A true description of a culture includes all behaviors, even those it tries to curtail. In that case both the undesired behavior and the behavioral effort to control it are parts of the culture. 

That individual, however, contributes to the culture, even though his contribution may be counter to that of the desires of the culture. Both the murderer and the police homicide department formed to apprehend him are elements of the culture.
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Ancient Treasures

Egyptian Treasures in the Grand Canyon
How can we know who we are if we don't know where we come from?
The April 5, 1909 edition of the Arizona Gazette featured an article entitled "Explorations in Grand Canyon: Remarkable finds indicate ancient people migrated from Orient." According to the article, the expedition was financed by the Smithsonian Institute and discovered artifacts that would, if verified, stand conventional history on its ear. Inside a cavern "hewn in solid rock by human hands" were found tablets bearing hieroglyphics, copper weapons, statues of Egyptian deities and mummies. Although highly intriguing, the truth of this story is in doubt simply because the site has never been re-found.
The Smithsonian disavows all knowledge of the discovery, and several expeditions searching for the cavern have come up empty-handed. Was the article just a hoax?
"While it cannot be discounted that the entire story is an elaborate newspaper hoax," writes researcher/explorer David Hatcher Childress, "the fact that it was on the front page, named the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, and gave a highly detailed story that went on for several pages, lends a great deal to its credibility. It is hard to believe such a story could have come out of thin air."

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

Image of the Day

Fishing on the Nile

Like a mirage, fishermen work the river in the golden mists of early morning in Egypt. Men in the stern of each boat hold the ends of the net, hoping for a catch to sell in a nearby village; their partners row. Pyramids of straw spike the horizon."