The computer age

April 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

THE NEWS

A lower tone when speaking to the opposite sex is a ‘sure sign of attraction’: “A scientific study has concluded that lowering your voice is an instinctive means of demonstrating attraction to the opposite sex. In a test, men and women were asked to phone three people after only seeing their photographs. One target was described as ‘attractive’, one ‘unattractive’ and one ‘average-attractive’. When they called the person rated most attractive they lowered their voice the most. ‘We found that both sexes used a lower-pitched voice and showed a higher level of physiological arousal when speaking to the more attractive opposite-sex target,’ said the study by American psychologists from Albright College, in Pennsylvania, and the University of Baltimore.”

Drunken driver lynched: “A Brazilian housewife celebrating her 24th birthday was shot and lynched after running over a pregnant woman and her daughter while driving drunk. Pamela de Souza Costa was shot five times after being caught by a group of residents in the town of Macae, 160km northeast of Rio de Janeiro, immediately after the accident on Friday. According to reports, Costa had been driving home after drinking at her birthday party when she lost control of her car and ran into Rodrigues and her daughter, who were slammed against a wall. She tried to leave the scene of the accident but crashed into a post. A group of angry locals pulled her out of her car and one person shot her several times before running away. Costa, who lived in the neighbourhood, had three children of her own. She was buried on Saturday.”

Papal condoms part of British government ‘brainstorm’: “The Vatican has moved to calm the waters after a British official document suggested the Pope should open an abortion clinic and bless a gay marriage during his visit later this year. “For us the case is closed,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi after Britain’s Foreign Office issued an apology following the publication of the internal document by the British newspaper the Sunday Telegraph. A cover note on the document said it was produced in a brainstorming session and accepted that some of the ideas – which also suggested Pope Benedict XVI should launch a line of condoms – were “far-fetched”. The Foreign Office apologised for what it described as a “foolish” document and said the individual responsible – a junior civil servant in his 20s – had been transferred to other duties.”

British reality TV: “This weekend, around 11 million people sat down to watch Britain’s Got Talent as another parade of frankly odd people exhibited themselves on the stage in the hope of convincing the judges they have what it takes to be a star, as if they knew the real meaning of the word. Lest we forget, the motley crew included former porn star fire-eater Tia Brodie, who performed topless while passing naked flames over her body, a guitar-playing dog and a cross-dressing Lady Gaga impersonator.”

Aliens almost certainly exist but unsafe to try to contact them: “One of the world’s leading scientists makes the claim in a new television documentary series, beginning on the Discovery Channel next month. Hawking says that in a universe with 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars, it is unlikely that earth is the only place where life has evolved. “The real challenge is working out what aliens might actually be like.” “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet,” Hawking said. “I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.” The scientist, who is paralysed by motor neurone disease, warned that contact with alien life could spell disaster for the human race.”

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