Divine fountain
A new online service called "Web Fountain" managed to do what nobody had thought of before -using tech to spot and monitor cultural trends by using language-analysis techniques to test web pages. Take a dive into it next.

Recent studies proved that a molecule found in both meat and milk may cause tumors.
In the future doctors may adjust diet to our genetic makeup. Read on nutritional genomics next -a new field that studies how your genes and your diet interact.
Plus, an anti-epilepsy drug could help treat cocaine addiction.
Scientists are trying to figure out if we have completely lost our regenerative power.
Then, peek on the vegetative state and coma, and the new approach medicine is trying to adopt.

The proportion of millionaire households keeps rising, and is at a 20-year high in the United States.
Living with your ex- strictly for business, a new trend that's easing pockets but torturing souls for many singles in the UK.
Afterwards, a new US survey reveals many unmarried women in their 40s choose to date younger men.


   October 2nd, Thursday, 2003, ip n58
Shutting the wrong thing out
May Your Days Be Long and Stressful


Take a look at this small piece that suggests that subjecting your body to daily low-level stress -such as a calorie restricted diet and moderate exercise- as well as to some kind of mental or psychological exertion may be indeed beneficial for your health. Thus it presents exciting evidence to back up the relevance of facing daily challenges, and even enjoying certain amounts of stress in our everyday lives, in a time when several cultural trends seem to aim at the almighty calm and comforting stability.
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/21/weekinreview/
Following, an early September NYTs article on how Buddhism, more specifically meditation techniques, are supposedly related to a healthier lifestyle and to well-being, thus adopting the exact opposite approach of the article above. Meditation strives to accomplish a sort of impassibility state to canalize negative stimuli -but which should we consider distressing factors to be shutted out? Isn't it a way of escaping certain life conditions?
Link: http://www.tibet.ca/wtnarchive/2003/9/15_5.html
A more personal approach to happiness?
Interview to Martin Seligman


Finally, to give a closure to the series of articles on happiness, and how people and science are beginning to care more about this, read on the "positive psychology" -a discipline that focuses on the study of what makes people happy and how to achieve it. Positive psychology does not deal with people's inabilities to be happy like conventional psychotherapy does, but tries to work with our strengths, perceiving individuals as capable people in charge of their lives instead of victims. The key appears to be finding applicable -that is down to today's world- answers to the quest of a satisfying and worthwhile life, as well as of how to expand our "positive assets" -but without forgetting our potentialities.
Link: http://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/interviews_seligman.htm






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Privacy Issues
London commuters will be tracked down thanks to a new transport system.
Then, Wal-Marts-like security cams are being used to watch students in schools across US.
Lastly, the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) are demanding airlines to provide customers info, and so airlines prepare to cross the thin line between customer's privacy and national security.


Our Milky Way is eating its galactic neighbor, Sagittarius.
After, astronomers are pointing their finger at gamma rays as the ones we should blame.

On Clonation
Fusing human skin cells with rabbit eggs might produce early stage embryos for regenerative medicine.
And a rat has been cloned for the first time, which may be more useful than many think.