Is Creativity in?
Take a look at this piece on how valuable creative thinking seems to be nowadays, since schools are developing new educational approaches to enhance Britain's creative capital, and creative writing courses are being offered in universities against all odds. Check it out!

Scientists have identified a gene that seems to prevent ovarian cancer.
Prostate's sufferers may get some grip.
And a new study shows a direct relation between consuming tea and lowering cholesterol levels.
Plus, routine DNA screening in newborns breathes high hopes into scientists.
Finally some truths on nap time.

Simpler forms, simpler lives?
Featuring our fave pal, Thom Yorke, on the burdens of creation and experimentation (since his latest album is considered a return to his origins), and on the charm of newly discovered paternity.
After, on the verge of launching their latest album, Mexican group Café Tacuba returns to simpler musical forms connoting complexity as an obscure and depressing thing, and praising spontaneity.
Go to "burned out celebrities" section.


  June 26th, Thursday, 2003, ip nº45
Giving up passion, embracing the reality of marriage
We’re Not In the Mood


This month's issue of Newsweek contains a report on the lack (in some cases disappearance) of sex life in marriages, whether it's because of the kids, their professional lives, or mere resentment towards their "home life". And also an article on the almost implicit impossibility of combining passion with marriage. Is marriage readapting itself and losing elements (sex, passion, fantasy) that don't fit in marital life, while embracing other values (sense of humor, companionship, etc), in order to keep existing? And if it's so, how will the sexless marriages evolve, and which are the personal costs?
Link: http://www.riorevuelto.org/news/ipmail_45_9.html
Link: http://www.riorevuelto.org/news/ipmail_45_11.html
Reshaping ourselves
Pain really is 'all in the mind'


Going on with the idea that some amounts of stress can be used in our benefit, here's some data on a matter that's related to this: the flexibility of human perception based on personal change. Scientific suspicions on the subjective character of pain have been confirmed, therefore allowing us to think that we may be able to predispose us differently towards certain stimuli. A new instrument to succeed in the challenge of redefining what may be productive to experience (even if being regarded as a "negative emotion"), and in what measure.
Link: http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993861
Here you'll find extended information.
Link: http://www.wfubmc.edu/nba/faculty/coghill/coghill.html
And to go even further, a stimulating new theory on the causes of migraine explains people could be misreading outsider stimuli which are non-painful, and turning them into torturing. Could it be that our bodies some how dramatize situations that might actually not be excruciating at all?
Link: http://www.riorevuelto.org/news/ipmail_45_3.html





Appeared in Newsweek Magazine.





> On the "preservation of memory" trend:
More graphic campaigns with the "back to basics" concept behind, see it here.

Here you'll find more info on shared biological fatherhood as an alternative to the hegemonic western family model, this time featuring an article on polyandrous motherhood.

> On Internet library-filtering:
This week the supreme court upheld legislation to shield minors from obscene online content, creating controversy because it has been proved this affect innocuous sites, subjecting people to bad filtering.

According to a recent study, girls in Canadian high schools are less confident on computers and the Internet than boys, and use them less.
Also, more British women are running household finances and feel increasingly confident about managing their own money.
Then know it all on "metrosexuals", a new breed of urban straight men who embrace typically girly customs, getting in touch with their feminine sides… more often than the rest of men do, anyway.