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April 5th, 2007

April 5th, 2007
07:56 pm

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From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 5-Apr-2007
Good behavior, religiousness may be genetic
A new study in Journal of Personality shows that selfless and social behavior is not purely a product of environment, specifically religious environment. After studying the behavior of adult twins, researchers found that, while altruistic behavior and religiousness tended to appear together, the correlation was due to both environmental and genetic factors.
http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/press/pressitem.asp?ref=1184

Public Release: 5-Apr-2007
Thorax
Apple's benefits reach into the womb, found to be protective against childhood asthma
Compelling new research has concluded that mothers who eat apples during pregnancy may protect their children from developing asthma and wheezing later in life.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/kc-abr040507.php

Public Release: 5-Apr-2007
Psychological Science
Study demonstrates remarkable power of social norms
Psychologist Wesley Schultz of California State University, San Marcos, believes that despite the fact that we want to be normal, most people are very bad at estimating what normal human behavior really looks like.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/afps-sdr040507.php

Public Release: 5-Apr-2007
Industrial and Corporate Change
Cardiff Business School proves history is bunk about Henry Ford
A new study from Cardiff University suggests that Edward Budd of Philadelphia was the true pioneer of automated car production, rather than Henry Ford.
http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/newsevents/media/mediarel/april07/mr070405.html
[Note "proves" in the headline, "suggests" farther on.]

Public Release: 5-Apr-2007
Current Biology
More flight than fancy?
Scientists from the universities of Exeter and Cambridge have turned a textbook example of sexual selection on its head and shown that females may be more astute at choosing a mate than previously thought. New research, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and published online on April 5 in Current Biology, shows that differences in the lengths of the long tail feathers possessed by male barn swallows are an example of natural selection, not sexual selection.
Leverhulme Trust
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/uoe-mft040207.php

Public Release: 5-Apr-2007
Science
Nanogenerator provides continuous power by harvesting energy from the environment
Researchers have demonstrated a prototype nanometer-scale generator that produces continuous direct-current electricity by harvesting mechanical energy from such environmental sources as ultrasonic waves, mechanical vibration or blood flow.
National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/giot-npc040107.php

Public Release: 5-Apr-2007
Cell
Mutation improves memory, may lead to memory-enhancing pill
A mind-altering mutation in mice results in an enhanced long-term memory, researchers report in the April 6, 2007, issue of the journal Cell, published by Cell Press. These findings point to a potential target for the development of a drug to treat memory loss, according to the researchers.
Canadian Institute of Health Research, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institutes of Health
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-04/cp-mim033007.php

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11:08 pm

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Thursday April 5, 2007. In my dream, I was reading a Wall Street Journal about the use of Preparation H in art. Then I woke up, and discussed the article with the relatives I was visiting.

And then I woke up for real.

***Felt better today.

To Walker Library, where Eric Heideman turned out to be working.

To Lunds for a few groceries, and then home.
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From the languagehat LiveJournal feed:
http://www.languagehat.com/archives/002707.php
Sounds Familiar? is a new site created by the British Library; according to a Guardian story by John Crace:

Made up of recordings from the 1950s Survey of English Dialects and the 1999 Millennium Memory Bank, Sounds Familiar incorporates more than 600 audio-clips to create a unique sound map of spoken English, past and present. "Some of the oldest recordings are of men and women who were in their 80s in the 1950s," says Jonnie Robinson, curator of english accents and dialects at the British Library, "so it's like hearing an echo from the past. We also have a real mix of cultures, regions and generations, which allow us to chart the variations and changes in vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar through time."...
http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sounds/
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Terra Nova is a blog about virtual worlds and their implications. Virtual Worlds include synthetics worlds, MMOs, MMORPGs, Social Worlds, MUDs, MOOs, and MUSHes.
http://terranova.blogs.com/terra_nova
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Writing: "The Hidden Class" -- large chunk of obsolete material removed. A bit new added.

Self help information:
Decluttering:
Selfwork:

Current Location: Minneapolis, Baja Manitoba

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11:39 pm

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From bna.com's newsletter:

CT RULES CLICKWRAP CONTRACT ENFORCEABLE EVEN IF UNREAD
BNA's Electronic Commerce & Law Report reports that a federal court in Pennsylvania has ruled that so long as a forum selection clause in an online contract's terms is readily accessible and clear, requiring users to scroll down or print the contract to see it and other terms is acceptable, and will not absolve a party who clicks "I Agree" without taking the time to view the whole agreement. The court determined that Google's AdWords contract, a "clickwrap" contract, was enforceable in its entirety. Case name is Feldman v. Google Inc. Article at
<http://pubs.bna.com/ip/bna/eip.nsf/eh/a0b4f3g6n7>
For a free trial to the source of this story, visit
http://www.bna.com/products/ip/eplr.htm

FCC PRIVACY RULES MAY BLOCK CABLE COMPANIES' SPRINT VENTURE
Cable companies may be blocked from sharing customer data with Sprint Nextel, their VoIP partner, under new FCC privacy rules. In what appears to be an unintended consequence of FCC rules aimed at protecting consumer privacy, the three cable companies will be required to seek their customers' permission through an opt-in to allow them to share their personal information with Sprint.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB117563716721958788.html

OPPOSITION TO ELECTRONIC VOTING GROWS IN FRANCE
With Election Day in France fewer than three weeks away, opposition to voting machines has grown, in part because a small percentage of them are made by the same American company whose machines were involved in a bitterly disputed Congressional election in Florida last November. This is the first presidential election in France to use paperless computer voting. As many as 1.5 million of the 44.5 million registered voters are expected to cast their ballots electronically in more than 80 municipalities around the country.
http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-6173213.html

CANADIAN GOVT APPROVES PHONE DEREGULATION
The Canadian government announced plans to push ahead with
its plan to hasten the deregulation of local telephone service. Industry Minister Maxime Bernier said the government approved his December proposal to accelerate deregulation of local service, the last market in Canada where prices are still restricted.
<http://www.thestar.com/article/199610>

FBI PROBES SECOND LIFE GAMBLING
FBI investigators have visited Second Life's Internet casinos at the invitation of the virtual world's creator Linden Lab, but the U.S. government has not decided on the legality of virtual gambling. The surge in Second Life gambling coincides with a crackdown in the real world by the US government, which has arrested executives from offshore gambling Web sites.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,264000,00.html

UTAH LAW BANS COMPETITOR KEYWORD BIDS
The Utah State legislature has passed a Trademark Protection Act that creates a new type of mark called an electronic registration mark. However, it probably will not survive a Constitutional test according to the state's own general counsel. Using a competitor keyword or phrase to trigger an advertisement online in Utah is against the law. The passage of the Trademark Protection Act in Utah would require search engines to check a database of registered trademarks to avoid displaying ads in this way.
<http://tinyurl.com/yv2y89> [Web Pro News]

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