December 6, 2007

Science Made Stupid Thursday

mickey.gifSpeed Kills: Are Humans Evolving Faster? "Humans are changing relatively rapidly on a scale of centuries to millennia, and that these changes are different in different continental groups."


"You've got 160,000,000 Ron Paul Spambot emails!" Researchers track Ron Paul spam back to Reactor botnet "Although it's likely that somebody paid nenastnyj to transmit the Ron Paul spam, there is no evidence to indicate that it was anyone directly associated with the Ron Paul campaign." Why would they? The human RonBots can crank out that much Spam in an afternoon.

Kelp? You shouldn't have: Dolphins wave weed to attract a mate - life.

While men might try flowers, smart clothes or cars to impress the opposite sex, male Amazon river dolphins carry weed.

One Man, Seven Votes: Vote for The Seven Weirdest Wonders of the World at Fortean Times.

Digging Up the Truth: Why Are Truffles So Expensive? One sold last week for $330,00.

10 Most shocking things found on in people's stomachs The 10 pound hairball is only the begining.

slushee.gifThe first Slush Age: Did 'slushball' Earth help trigger the explosion of life? -- New Scientist "Around 700 million years ago, the popular theory goes, severe glaciation locked the whole of Earth's surface under deep sheets of ice. This was thought to have been followed by a massive explosion of multicellular organisms when the ice eventually melted. Now W. Richard Peltier of the University of Toronto in Canada says that a snowball Earth "could never have occurred." Prof. Peltier unsure whether Slush Age was grape or cherry.

"The one with the biggest breasts..." Hiring practices influenced by beauty "A new study published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences finds that the attractiveness of interviewees can significantly bias outcome in hiring practices, showing a clear distinction between the attractive and average looking interviewees in terms of high and low status job packages offered." What would we do without these scientific clues? And on the same day another study tells us that showering before a job interview is also a good idea: Subliminal smells bias perception about a person's likeability

From the Earth to the edge of the Universe in under 4 minutes. Pack a snack.

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