Neuroscience
Get more info about the ambitious project to create an accurate computer model of the brain. (MIT’s registration required)
Social addictions
A psychiatrist comes clean with the fact that taking pharmaceutical money can cloud one’s judgment.
Creative predisposition
Explore how "Pulp fiction" -with its tales of crime and dark humour- is re-entering American culture...
Afterwards, if you thought Sunday school was only for religious people take a look at this initiative…
Love addicts anonymous
This next piece talks about how infatuation can create psychological and physical dependency.
Personal genetic testing can be the key to uncover the risks of developing certain ailments and change a patient’s habits, but there are also some ethical concerns.
Finally, it turns out that gas giant planets can get twice as close to their stars as Mercury is to the Sun without evaporating.

Obese adults, by gender (1993-2005):



Women
Men

Source: BBC/Information Centre, 2006.

December 12th, Wednesday, 2007, Ip nº 220  
  The sky is the limit. Really.
I’m Not Really Running, I’m Not Really Running...

What if someone told you that your most convincing performance can be improved and that no matter how well you went you can go one better? Explore this hypothesis through anecdotes of how athletes learn to deal with one of the worst enemies at the time of reaching a goal: one’s mind. Interestingly, the idea that our maximum efforts can most of the time be enhanced is something that may be extrapolated from competences to daily life, shedding some light on the perception we might have had about ourselves and our limitations. Maybe, believing there’s a limit confers a safe-conduct for not trying, a sort of justified renounce we imposed on ourselves. However, one may wonder which would be our frame of mind if there was a predisposition to seize these untapped human potentials.

 
  New plots for new times
Happy ever after?

The next editorial refers to a very usual feature present in many of the romantic novels throughout time: the fact that whenever the main characters end up together –most of the times getting married– the story comes to an end. Pondering on this narrative resource, the hypothesis laid out by the author points out how romantic fiction seems to imply marriage as the end of all adventure and fun. Almost as if once the heroine gets the boy or vice versa there wasn’t much to write about, a rather depressing fact that might have found its inspirations in life itself. Not incidentally many people are deciding to stay single for longer periods, perhaps in a way sensing these “conventional endings” can be a bit démodé and constrictive, and aiming at imagining new storylines for these times.

 
From a certain angle, is not a happy ending something of an oxymoron?

From the article"Happy ever after?".
 

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