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Rock on Mary Beard...
Beard says,“There have always been men who are frightened of smart women.” Credit Photograph by Victoria Hely-Hutchinson
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I am seeking advice on an HTML editing programme. Having established that NVu keeps screwing up my html code and doesn't play well with certain browsers ... can anyone recommend a new editor with both WYSIWYG and easy source access?
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I'm going to be very good and not make a sexist joke about men not listening to advice (because of course intra-sexual effects of a hormone do not necessarily imply inter-sexual effects) but this is a nice bit of data on the relationship between tesosterone and social behaviour...
Abstract. Collaboration can provide benefits to the individual and the group across a variety of contexts. Even in simple perceptual tasks, the aggregation of individuals' personal information can...
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Significant findings with important implications. Thanks for posting this.
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I haven't watched the video because I'm scared of heights as it is, and this is exactly why I'd never do a bungee jump, but I wanted to highlight the Zambian ministers' comments: "The bungee has proven to be a very viable operation considering that more than 50,000 tourists jump on it every year.

"It has been in operation for 10 years. This is the first time I am hearing of an incident. The probability of an incident is one in 500,000 jumps."

I reckon this is a classic statistical fallacy, assuming that all those bits of data are independant observations when in fact every jump will have an effect on the viability of subsequent jumps due to wear and tear on the materials etc. So it's not 1/500000 but rather that odds of snapping may increase with more usage.

Okay so it's not clear whether that's the same cords being used all those times, but anyway, you get my point. Statistics are useless when used badly.
Erin Langworthy's cord snapped as she leapt from a bridge over a gorge 111 metres above the Zambezi river
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i had a chance to jump down there myself when i visisted those parts of the world... scary thought
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This might be the best sex-ed conversation I've ever heard...! (Not safe for work - unless you're in your own office and no one can hear you crying with laughter!)
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Thank you, that was really funny :)
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Wow, evidence for a heterozygous advantage wrt certain genes associated with breast/ovarian cancer risk. I am now very curous to know what these women look like...! (And also am wondering abut potential mediators; any role for breast feeding duration or something?)

Effects of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations on female fertility
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Women with BRCA1/2 mutations have a significantly higher lifetime risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. We suggest that female mutation carriers may have improved fitness owing to enhanced fertility relative to non-carriers. Here we show that women who are carriers of BRCA1/2 mutations living in natural fertility conditions have excess fertility as well as excess post-reproductive mortality in relation to controls. Individuals who tested positive for BRCA1/2 mutations who linked into multi-generational pedigrees within the Utah Population Database were used to identify putative obligate carriers. We find that women born before 1930 who are mutation carriers have significantly more children than controls and have excess post-reproductive mortality risks. They also have shorter birth intervals and end child-bearing later than controls. For contemporary women tested directly for BRCA1/2 mutations, an era when modern contraceptives are available, differences in fertility and mortality persist but are attenuated. Our findings suggest the need to re-examine the wider role played by BRCA1/2 mutations. Elevated fertility of female mutation carriers indicates that they are more fecund despite their elevated post-reproductive mortality risks.
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But isn't father living with the mother clearly modal? Are the 'other options' going to drive this effect in the face of all the fathers who have >1 child and live with the mother and thus have reduced T?
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PhD position looking at body image andtelevision in the developing world...
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You look so beautiful I mage of God 
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Alan Gray worked with me during the Summer between his second and third years of UG, and he was so efficient with the grunt-work that I suggested he tried to write the first draft of the paper I was planning as well. Aside from a couple of paragraphs of mine and some tweaking, that first draft has gone on to be a published paper. I feel proud as punch and look forward to seeing him develop his own research career.
The current study addressed whether rated femininity, attractiveness, and health in female faces are associated with numerous indices of self-reported health history (number of colds/stomach bugs/freq...
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Nice little finding from birds showing the offspring produced via extra-pair matings are more fertile if female and more likely to cuckold other males if male. Sexy-sons AND high quality daughters!
Abstract. In many species, each female pairs with a single male for the purpose of rearing offspring, but may also engage in extra-pair copulations. Despite the prevalence of such promiscuity, whether...
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I need a question I can put in a questionnaire for 10 year olds which assesses whether they are starting to feel sexual attraction. Anyone got any suggestsions?
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All I know is she is teaching philosophy at college. :( thanks for trying
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Oh look, publishers demonstrating yet again (via US congress in this instance) that despite getting material and most of the heavy duty labour (reviewing and editting) for free by publically funded employees, they still want to wring as much money from the public purses as possible by keeping everything subscription-only...
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The “Research Works Act” was just introduced by US congressional representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Darrell Issa (R-CA). In short, it allows publishers to prevent public access to publicly funded research.

"No Federal agency may adopt, implement, maintain, continue, or otherwise engage in any policy, program, or other activity that:
(1) causes, permits, or authorizes network dissemination of any private-sector research work without the prior consent of the publisher of such work; or
(2) requires that any actual or prospective author, or the employer of such an actual or prospective author, assent to network dissemination of a private-sector research work."

N.B. "private-sector research" includes research funded by, e.g., the NIH (see the update at the end of the original article).

I've read a bit of discussion on this, but little of it acknowledges the international nature of both research and research access. How do you think this might impact research from cross-national collaborations?



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I know many people who regard physical punishments (i.e. smacking) as akin to child abuse, but rarely hear people talking about the long term effects of psychological punishments.
Oxytocin has been implicated in a variety of prosocial processes but most of this work has used laboratory tasks (such as the ultimatum game or the dictator game) to evaluate oxytocin’s prosocial effe...
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Agreed. Same thought occurred to me at some point recently, probably when I witnessed a child being put through the naughty step routine or some such. That said, this study makes me immediately wonder how many other variables they measured. Haven't read it, so maybe I'm wronging them, but I'm curious to see how they theoretically predicted the relevance of parent love-withdrawal to oxytocin and charitable giving a priori!
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