Privacy issues
Consider this comprehensive report on the dangers new technologies for collecting personal data represent for our privacy.
Creative predisposition
Feminine characters in US sitcoms continue their downward spiral, as writers insist on portraying them like feeble and insecure individuals.
Social addictions
According to a report published this month, four out of 10 employers say that alcohol misuse is a significant cause of worker absenteeism.
How about some non-violent and constructive video games for a change? Glance over the next generation of altruistic games.
The seven-year marriage
In a bold move –and perhaps also a bit inspired in the evident current crisis–, a Bavarian politician has proposed setting a seven-year limit on marriage.
Interestingly enough according to researchers, anorexia and ecstasy use activate some of the same brain pathways.
Prolongation of life
A recently discovered cell survival switch could be vital to increase longevity. (MIT´s registration required)
Afterwards, have a look at the history of the Sputnik satellite on the anniversary of its launching.

Wealth and religiosity

References

Y-axis: Score on religiosity scale

X-axis: Per Capita GDP (Standardized)



Source: Pew Research 2007

October 10th, Wednesday, 2007, Ip nº 211  
  Not science fiction anymore
The Year of Miracles

The next piece tells us about how 2007 could be remembered as a key moment in the evolution of biology and genetics. In recent months, the 20th-century dogmas about heredity and genes have been radically questioned, as a deeper understanding of the genome is taking place. In light of these breakthroughs, the prospects of living a longer life become more tangible. Moreover, in a near future we could be responsible for our own “genetic fate” since our predisposition to certain conditions could be tested, thus preventing or reversing illness. Faced with the optimistic panorama, it remains to be seen how we will handle this empowering feeling of incidence, and more important, the certainty that we may be sticking around a lot more than previously thought.

 
  Can you handle this?
The Autumn of the Multitaskers

If you are one of those people doing work while listening to music and surfing the web simultaneously, you may find this article interesting. During the last couple of years, multitasking has gained as many advocates as foes. Now science takes a closer look at its downsides, like wearing our brains out. In this frenzy for harnessing as much information/activities/etc as possible we may be atrophying our capacity for discriminating and analyzing things. Furthermore, multitasking also challenges –and not always in a good way– current ideas about dedication, time administration and even creativity. How do we measure commitment to an activity nowadays? Does chore-juggling improve or deter creation? And finally, could it be that instead of saving time, we are doing just the opposite?

 
The easiest way to make a female protagonist likable is to dumb her down with self-doubt.

 

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