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Archive for February 2006

What makes Cupid's arrows stick?

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To think, they say science isn't romantic...

There is a legend, followed up by Shakespeare, that Cupid had two types of arrow: one gave rise to long-lasting, committed, so-called virtuous love, the other to lust. The arrows that led to lasting love were gold, which would have needed careful sharpening to penetrate and stay embedded. ...

The biochemical results suggest that a leaden arrow falls out between 12 and 24 months after Cupid has struck. The hormonal changes and increase in NGF disappear and levels return to normal.

Luckily for those hit by a golden arrow, the second stage of attachment is tipped with oxytocin, the so-called “cuddle hormone” associated with female orgasms, delivery and lactation. This stays at a higher level so long as the second stage of partnership lasts.

Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Gopnik discuss US vs. Canadian health care

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Gladwell might be right, but he glosses over those who can't afford health insurance. Try paying $234 a month on minimum wage.

Chocolate Russian Roulette

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Seated in individual compartments, twelve chocolate bullets lay waiting to be bitten into. Although eleven of the sweet little slugs contain delicious praline centres, one conceals a seriously red hot chilli

Law and Order Valentines

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Vaguely creepy, especially the "You're Extra Special!" card with the picture of the abused woman on it.

UK nurses want to supply clean blades to self-harmers

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Oh brave new permissive world! What does a person need to do for their behaviour to be deemed abnormal and in need of fixing?

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