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Women’s Depression Linked To … Pasta

Easy noodle recipe

A Harvard study that followed 43,000 women over 12 years has found that some of your favorite foods may not just be hurting your physical health, but your mental health, too. How bad is it? Read more on Newser…

New Study Claims Women Are Inherently Catty

Next time I gossip, I’ll just blame it on evolution.

A scientific review of almost 100 evolutionary psychology papers has left researchers with the … shall we say dubious conclusion … that women are wired to be catty to each other. Seriously. Tracy Vaillancourt, a psychology professor at the University of Ottawa, led the study and wrote that women have evolved to use gossip and backstabbing to effectively maximize the potential harm on their targets and prevent significant damage to themselves. Keep reading »

Women With Big Butts Are Brainier

Another reason to love your big butt! Not that you needed one. According to a study done at the University of Oxford, the bigger the bum, the brainier the woman — and also, the healthier. The research team analyzed the behinds of  more than 16,000 women and found that fat bottomed girls really do make the rocking world go round.  Keep reading »

Kids Who Begin Dating Earlier More Likely To Engage In Delinquent Behavior

Kids Who Begin Dating Earlier More Likely To Engage In Delinquent Behavior

I have been achingly cool for almost as long as I can remember, but circa fifth and sixth grade was the absolute low point of my coolness. I know it’s hard to imagine, but I was really, really lame — I’m talking Hot Topic wardrobe, greasy hair, Transitions lenses … it was a rough couple of years. I was weird, and nobody wanted to middle school date me at a time when everyone was middle school dating, and I felt like a total loser. SUCH a loser! But a new study found that early-starting kids who began “dating” at an average age of 11.6 years were reported twice as likely to engage in abnormal or delinquent behavior as on-time (about 12.9 years) adolescents and late bloomers (14.9, holllllller), so maybe I’m better for it? Just kidding, I also engaged in these behaviors myself, but I am a scientific anomaly and also not a part of this study.

My real question is, what is this “dating” at age 11.6? I have no firsthand account, so I can only imagine it is limited to the awkward conversations across hallways and uncomfortable, clammy “hand-holding” that I served only witness to. Are these children allowed at one another’s homes? Don’t these kids have parents? Speaking of parents: parents, do not EVER purchase Transitions lenses for your school-aged children. Do you know what they call that? They call that FATES WORSE THAN DEATH. Social suicide, I’m telling you. [Gawker]

[Photo of happy smiling kids via Shutterstock]

Life Dream Status: NASA Will Pay You $18,000 To Lie In Bed For 70 Days

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Do you spend all of your free time lounging in bed? Have you always wanted to be an astronaut but are afraid of heights? Would you like to use your formidable napping skills to serve your country? Oh boy, does NASA have a job for you! The space exploration agency is planning a study to measure the effects of microgravity on the human body, and their methods are shockingly relaxing: they need people to lie in bed for 70 days. During this period, research subjects are welcome to read, sleep, play games, watch movies, videochat with friends, and even work remotely. They will be paid $18,000 for their time. The catch? You really, truly can’t leave the bed for the entirety of the study, and your mattress will be tilted head-down at a six-degree angle. That angle might not seem like a big deal, but it’s enough to shift your bodily fluids to the upper parts of your body and cause a cardiovascular reaction similar to what non-bedridden astronauts experience in space.

Think you’re up for the challenge? You’ll need to undergo a full Air Force physical and comprehensive psychological examination. “We want to make sure we select people who are mentally ready to spend 70 days in bed,” senior scientist Dr. Roni Cromwell told Forbes, seemingly unaware of the existence of Netflix. “Not every type of person can tolerate an extended time in bed.” If you believe your lounging skills are up to NASA’s standards, you can apply here. Godspeed. [Outside[Photo of woman in bed via Shutterstock]

Brooklyn’s Latest Claim To Fame? The Pickiest Female Daters In America

Brooklyn, NY has the pickiest female daters in America

If you are someone, or are friends with someone, or have ever met someone who lives in or in the vicinity of the New York City metro, you’re guaranteed to have heard more than your fair share of complaints regarding the dating climate in Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Does this also apply to Queens and other boroughs? You tell me; I’ve never been there.) Hell, you’ve probably even experienced it firsthand.

Bottom line: it’s hard out here for a dater, and uniquely so. You would think that a city packed with singles would lend itself to a multitude of opportunities for meeting new, eligible people all the time. And sure, it does, but there’s still something about New York that somehow makes coupling up really, really hard to do.

But — newsflash — maybe it’s us! Keep reading »

Study: Women With Higher IQs Are Less Likely To Have Children

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Plenty of women decide early on that having children is not for them, while others realize later on that their lifestyle will not allow for the time, money, and commitment that raising a child demands. A new study, however, shows that the decision to not have children may have a lot to do with something else — a woman’s IQ. Keep reading »

Study: Unattractive Workers Are More Likely To Be Bullied At Work

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Apparently, the high school standards for popularity stick around even as we cross into adulthood. At least that’s what a new study conducted by associate professor of management at Michigan State University, Brent Scott, indicated. The small study surveyed 114 employees at a healthcare facility and asked them about their experiences with cruel behavior at work. This included how often coworkers acted rudely, said hurtful things, or made fun of them. People who did not know the participants were then shown digital photos of the participants and judged them on attractiveness. When these two surveys were combined with other factors such as age, gender, and length of employment, it became clear that a person’s level of attractiveness was the largest factor in determining how much he or she is bullied in the workplace. Seriously, people? Keep reading »

Study: College-Aged Women Don’t Want To Be Friends With Sluts

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college women dont' want friends who are promiscuous

Oh good, another depressing study about women and sex! Bring it on.

College-aged women would prefer not to be friends with promiscuous women (defined as having 20 or more sexual partners by their early 20s), even when they themselves have had numerous sexual partners or claim to have liberal views about sex. This according to a study of 751 college students by Cornell University. Can you say “hypocrisy”? Keep reading »

The “Dove Real Beauty Sketches” Campaign Got It Wrong

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Bad news. That “Dove Real Beauty Sketches” video, where a group of women describe themselves to a forensic artist, and realize how skewed their self-images are and cry, was not quite as accurate as we’d like to believe. The message was moving, yes. And for a moment, it was reassuring to believe that “you are more beautiful than you think,” but according to research, the opposite is true.

A series of studies done at University of Chicago and University of Virginia suggest that , if anything, we overestimate ourselves. Not just in terms of our appearance — but in every way. Researchers took pictures of participants and created enhanced versions of those pictures so that some were more attractive and others were less so. When asked to select the real picture of themselves, participants tended to pick the most attractive one. When asked to select the real picture of a person other than themselves, participants were able to do that with no problem. Keep reading »

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