Suicide -a smart business decision, if you live to tell
Take a look at this piece that puts the question whether suicide may be considered a rational decision, taking into account a third possibility, apart from death and life -an unsuccessful suicide attempt which could actually boost your life.
Not the usual nerds
Then, a dissertation on whether the expansible "geek mania" and the later crave for the "dork sensibility" will really challenge nerds' creativity and defiance. Was it all about resentment and acceptation in the end? Ah, if only they would have known they would eventually be popular…

Permanent deafness´ cure is one step closer.
Check out some data on the new era of human enhancement, where doctors will have the approval to make humans taller.
Plus, ginger, green tea and a Chinese herb may all help prevent the development of cancer.
And doctors keep trying to understand the benign effects of light.
On the ever-expanding life span:
People who make it over 100 years constitute the fastest-growing segment of the population. While some say it's not all about genes but also luck, others emphasize basic cares and attitude.


   November 6th, Thursday, 2003, ip nº63
The voodoo of inherited wealth
The pains of being ‘Born Rich’


Take a look at the following group of articles that dish on a documentary made by Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune heir, which explores the physiological burdens of being born rich and the value of money. The film portrays a striking scenario where young heirs are taught to deny their wealth, where abusive behavior -drugs and alcohol- are a common feature, and where it is clearly difficult to figure out who you are, and what you should do with your life given your privileges -if you think you deserve them. It also lets us wonder whether we will ever see rich people ready to conceive their money as "a-possibility-to" rather than as a curse, and fueling creative thinking instead of guilt, to explore new ways of investing it as well of living.
Link: http://www.msnbc.com/news/983173.asp
Go on reading more on the HBO documentary "Born Rich", and on what his director Jamie Johnson has to say about it, in another display of how insightful and observant of its own cultural phenomena the American society can sometimes be.
Link: http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/born_rich/index.html
Plus, read another piece of coverage.
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/12/fashion/12JAMI.html
A tough sell to make
Who exactly is a grown-up?


The next piece talks about a familiar phenomenon -the stretching of what was priory conceived as adulthood, this time around deepened by economics (which force many to come back to the family home, or to rent a house instead of buying one), and the delay of marriage and kids. But the problem seems to go beyond these two matters. We must acknowledge that these people in their twenties seem more bewildered and sort of uninterested to have to pick between the usual choices for "grown-ups" than anything else. This disposition challenges the current concept of adulthood, not stimulating at all, and proposes to learn to set an intelligent life strategy when the choices we want to make aren't available.
Link: http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/parenting/11/02/grown.up.ap/






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Privacy Issues
Biometric screening will be implemented in US airports.
And passengers in Tokyo will be able to check in with their faces as IDs.

> Showbiz News:
Now you'll be allowed to make "authorized" copies from a new type of cds.
After, blame people within the movie industry for movie piracy, because new data found that 77 percent of illegally traded films come from insiders.


Newsflash: the universe is smaller than we thought.
When it comes to understanding the universe, it depends on how you think of it. Take a close look at the "anthropic principle".
And find out how the big bang may have sounded.

Afterwards find more info on the pre-schoolers' and babies' habits when growing and dealing with the new and not so new technologies -tv and the internet.
More on the "University blues".
Know why a fifth of British women will never become a mother.
Go on with an article about the significant trend of high-tech managers setting their eyes on a future new deal: immortality.