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The Sober Pill Is On The Way

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Scientists are hard at work on a pill that will limit the effects of alcohol on our brains, so that we can drink more without acting stupid. An experimental “sober pill” was given to a group of mice who, despite being sufficiently sauced, did not act like drunken a**holes. Uh, how do drunk mice normally act? Anyhow, the point is the pill works by shutting down the immune response of certain cells in the brain. Even thought the mice were wasted, this pill made their reflexes sharper and their balance better.  “When a mouse gets drunk, it is quite similar to a human that’s drunk.  It can’t work its motor co-ordination properly. If you stop these immune cells from working, the animals didn’t get drunk,” one of the researchers explained. How exciting for us. Well, maybe not. Does the thought of a sober pill frighten anyone else? All I can think of are all the possible ways humans will find to abuse this pill.  It seems counter-intuitive to shut down our normal brain functions just so we can throw back a few more cocktails without slurring. [Daily Mail]

What do you think? Would you pop a sober pill before a night of drinking?

Getting Dumped Is Expensive, New Study Says

Getting Dumped Is Expensive

Getting dumped costs a woman more than her dignity, a new study revealed. Of the 2,000 recent dumpees polled, more than half admitted to managing their misery post-breakup by treating themselves to new ‘dos, wardrobes, makeup, gym memberships, and pampering procedures like spray tans or mani/pedis. “Being dumped, whether it was on the cards or not, will make even the toughest woman feel awful … This research shows that women start to question what went wrong with the relationship, and feel self-conscious about their looks,” said the head researcher. Imagine that, consuming to make ourselves feel better. I know nothing about it.

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Lefties, Righties Split On Food As Well

If you like deep-dish pizza, you’re a lot likelier than fans of thin crust to have conservative politics, according to Hunch, a taste-tracking website that cross-referenced millions of responses to discover that the differences between left and right don’t end at the dinner table. Among its findings:

  • Liberals are slightly more likely to prefer their vegetables fresh instead of cooked, and more likely to eat fruit at least once a week.
  • Conservatives tend to believe there’s little nutritional difference between organic and processed foods.

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Our Hormones, Our Careers

A new study done at Pennsylvania State University found that hormones may play a role in women’s carer choices. A group of 125 men and women between the ages of 9 and 26 were asked to rank careers in order of interest. Women with high levels of the male hormone androgen tended to prefer professions such as carpenter, pilot, scientist — the same as the men who participated in the study — while women with lower levels of androgens were interested in more interpersonal careers such as teacher, social worker, or musician. Although scientists are still unclear about exactly how these hormones affect our brains, this information is useful in enticing more of us to pursue careers in science and technology — play up the interpersonal aspect and we will flock. [Live Science] Keep reading »

10 Studies That “Prove” Things Women Already Know About Men

10 Studies That "Prove" Things Women Already Know About Men
BREAKING NEWS, ladies. You’re not going to believe this one: Guys believe discussing problems is a waste of time. I know you are so shocked you just fell off your chair. It turns out a study of 2,000 adolescents and children by the University of Missouri found that boys do not necessarily feel weak or embarrassed about talking about their feelings — they just simply think it’s stupid. Girls were more likely to feel positive feelings about sharing their feelings: they feel understood and loved. Boys, however, were more likely to think talking about problems would not be useful. Amanda J. Rose, a professor of psychological sciences who worked on the study, theorized this may explain why adult men sometimes shy away from uncomfortable discussions and “enga[ge] in different activities will take their minds off of the problem.” [Eureka Alert] Come on, researchers. You could watch Sammi and Ronnie on “Jersey Shore” and figure that one out. Alas, this is not the only “shocking” claim scientists have discovered about our XY-chromosomed brethren. And now in Sweeping Gender Generalizations news, nine more things that studies have “proved” about men that, duh, us women knew already.

Munchies, Shmunchies: Pot Smokers Are Less Likely To Be Obese

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It must be all those pot brownies and long nights spent playing video games. According to a new study, pot smokers are less likely to be obese than their non-toking peers. No, like seriously. A researcher at Louis Mourier Hospital in France was so surprised by her initial finding that she went back to the drawing board and tried again with a second sample, this time one that surveyed more than 41,000 people, but she still found the exact same thing. Overall, while 22 to 25 percent of the general population is obese, for self-reported pot smokers, it’s only 16 to 17 percent. And of people who report smoking pot at least three times a week, only 14 percent were obese. We are waiting for the diet industry to catch wind of this one. [Newser, LiveScience]

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