Losing one's wife, not as bad as losing one's e-mail
A new survey on the importance of e-mail in the corporate world showed that a third of the surveyed people consider not being able to use their e-mail for more than a week worse than moving out or even having a divorce.
Time to change the channel
According to a recent monitoring of US TV audiences, news viewers are tuning summer-reality shows and lighter options, fed up with Iraq's military campaign coverage. Read the story here.

A promising dietary supplement of vitamins could slash risk of cancer.
Scientists treat patients with stem cells to repair heart attack damage.
Could hypnosis help treat anxiety and pain?
And also, oestrogen plays a crucial role in the arousal of sexual desire, but also in producing fear.

As a way of disrupting the everyday routine and organized in a relative simple manner, childish-spirited "flash mobs" are reproducing all over Europe. The new way to kill boredom?
And it seems many Americans have just given up looking for a job, confirming today's difficulty to create self-survival strategies.


  August 14th, Thursday, 2003, ip nš52
Small world after all? (does it really matter?)
More than six degrees separate us


Here you'll be able to read an article on the verification of the six-degree experiment on the Internet era. Theory doesn't seem to matter much in light of other significant fact: individuals don't necessarily benefit from their connectedness nowadays. All the evidence suggests there are more things at stake than just the possibility to connect, such as a purpose to our connections and the ability to manage our social resources. If Internet is not a particularly constructive medium when it comes to building social networks it's because we are missing the same elements as those we miss when we interact offline.
Link: http://www.nature.com/nsu/030804/030804-10.html
And here another piece of coverage of the same experiment which offers more detailed info on the failures of it.
Link: http://www.riorevuelto.org/news/ipmail_52_4.html
Putting our heads together on the way we travel
A world of opportunity awaits you


On with the subject of traveling, and having found that not too often are travels planned in a groundbreaking way - in the sense that they often seem either an escape of our daily lives or a mere extension of it -, peek on this article about the most popular choices among the English when taking a gap year. This piece suggests people seems not to be used to thinking on traveling, thus recurring to the standard options. It's funny how when planning a trip to go on during a gap year - a particularly exciting time in one's life - there are supposedly "endless opportunities", and still there are certain models that always prevail.
Link: http://education.independent.co.uk/clearing/story.jsp?story=432444
Afterwards, more information on the "European traveling culture".
Link: http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1974475




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Privacy Issues
It seems the days of skipping lessons are over, at least for kids in Madrid, whose parents will be able to monitor their attendance through the net.
Also husbands won't be able to take a detour to the usual shopping outings...

The phrase "license to kill" could acquire meaning on the light of the recent Scotland Yard's dispositions.

University News
Apparently there will be nearly 5,500 English school leavers this year because of the fear of debt and university fees. Government's concern on the topic is growing, though is not only money what keeps students off school.
Also, read on British scientific research under scrutiny regarding the government's impartiality on the subject.

Cultural Ads
Episcopalians have approved local option on same-sex unions.
And a new study issues that parents are less likely to commit suicide, contradicting other theories and popping some doubts on its partial interpretation. Nonetheless, conceiving children as self-protective buffers doesn't look too good either, does it?

Clonation
Italian scientists create the world's first cloned horse from an adult cell.
To read more on this go here.