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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2012
    Nowhere in this article does it say why they think these people were "sacrificed" and no just killed in battle, though.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2012 edited
    Meanwhile it turns out arachnophobia is pretty easy to cure.

    So says the Journal of Psychiatric Research
    Sixty-six young women took part in the study of arachnophobia and sleep, which focused on sleep’s role in reducing fear of spiders. The goal was to see how “fear extinction” is affected by sleep, wakefulness, and time of day. Fear extinction is an active process of building a new emotional memory; in this case, a memory of spiders not associated with danger or harm.

    And also the National Academy of Sciences
    Before treatment, some of these participants wouldn't walk on grass for fear of spiders or would stay out of their home or dorm room for days if they thought a spider was present,' said lead author Katherina Hauner, whose paper is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    'But after a two or three-hour treatment, they were able to walk right up and touch or hold a tarantula. And they could still touch it after six months. They were thrilled by what they accomplished.
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    Yeah, I think 'sacrifice' is headlinese. Slaughtered or massacred would be better. I'm guessing they probably went that way because of associations with previously excavated bog bodies, but it does seem a bit of a stretch
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2012
    Mars Curiosity landing site named for Ray Bradbury on what would have been his 92nd birthday
    On Space Day, which was officially declared by California Gov. Jerry Brown, the NASA news conference started not with an update on the Mars rover, but footage of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury reciting his poem, “If only we had taller been.”
    On what today would have been Bradbury’s 92nd birthday, said Michael Meyer, NASA’s lead scientists for the Mars Exploration Program, “In his honor, we declared the place that Curiosity touched down to be forever known as Bradbury Landing.” Meyer’s announcement was followed by applause for Bradbury, as requested by Pete Theisinger, Curiosity’s project manager.
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    @ Wood - Your post led me to this, and boy, am I glad it did. So, yeah, cheers. :)

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    Rational thought processes abound in this one:

    "When I realised that a snake had bit me, I went home to get a torch and saw that it was a cobra. So I bit it to death," he told BBC Nepali's Bikram Niraula in Biratnagar.

    Man bites snake to death
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2012
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    This looks like it could be fun. A Hand/Finger motion sensor for Macs/PCs for $70, (no linux support yet, although it's "on the agenda"). I imagine it might be very good for art software.

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    But who wants to hold their arms/hands out straight for a long time while working on the computer? I'm sure it'll be useful for some stuff but I don't see it replacing the mouse anytime soon.
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    I think it would be useful in conjunction with a mouse & keyboard, not as a permanent replacement
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012
    I could see that being pretty useful in conjunction with a standing desk, though.
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012
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    It opens some interesting possibilities for porn enthusiasts, too.
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    A BBC reporter tests intravenous THC.

      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2012 edited

    The original: BBC Presenter On Mescaline

    The Day Today parody: Steve Coogan being fellated by a groupie
    (Won't embed, dammit)
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2012
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    This is an official "if someone complains about the money going to space research, bitchslap them" day.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2012
    Vornaskotti, I can't agree with you more.