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Apr. 5th, 2007 | 04:06 pm

Aggresiveness makes you agressive not gore.
said Gentile. "What seems to matter is whether the players are practicing intentional harm to another character in the game. That's what increases immediate aggression -- more than how graphic or gory the game is."



ScienceDaily: Violent Video Games And Hostile Personalities Go Together

So what I get from this is agression leads to agressive behavior. Interestingly to me this implies competitive academics or sports should lead to generally more agressive people. But for me the buried lead. "Don't mind the gore! It is just their to be entertaining."

Dieting Does Not Work

"Several studies indicate that dieting is actually a consistent predictor of future weight gain," said Janet Tomiyama,



ScienceDaily: Dieting Does Not Work, Researchers Report

This also doesn't suprise me, though it still doesn't explain anything. Perhaps people that tend to put on lots of weight are likely to try dieting? I guess this can be controlled by looking at obese people who do no diet. I still suspect it is a personality factor.

"You can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight on any number of diets, but then the weight comes back," said Traci Mann



ScienceDaily: Dieting Does Not Work, Researchers Report

This I think is why people keep going back to diets, short term gain. I can drop 10lbs in 2 days by radically chaning my diet and dehydrating myself, but I have no illusions that this making me healthy.

Exercise may well be the key factor leading to sustained weight loss.



ScienceDaily: Dieting Does Not Work, Researchers Report

Which makes sense. I find it funny that I now live in a country where people eat far far more fat than in USA, and they drink beer far more regularly; but despite that they are on the whole thinner than Americans, especially the young.

MBARI builds underwater research station

MARS will provide ocean scientists with 24-hour-a-day access to instruments and experiments in the deep sea. Instead of using submarines to carry researchers into the deep, the MARS observatory will use the latest computer and internet technology to bring information about the deep sea directly to researchers' computers on shore.



ScienceDaily: Cable Laid For New Deep-sea Observatory


This is super cool!  I was fantasising about something like this a few years ago (apparently so were some other people).  We still barely understand the oceans around us despite their importance to our won survival.  The deep water is still a mystery where things live that noone has ever seen.  This may be stationary, but it will sure expand what we know about what is going on.

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