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It is widely believed that people are bad at naming odors. This has led researchers to suggest smell representations are simply not accessible to the language centers of the brain. But is this really so? Psychologist Asifa Majid from Radboud University Nijmegen and linguist Niclas Burenhult from Lund University Sweden find new evidence for smell language in the Malay Peninsula.

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Many people can recall reading at least one cherished story that they say changed their life. Now researchers at Emory University have detected what may be biological traces related to this feeling: Actual changes in the brain that linger, at least for a few days, after reading a novel.

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During the Cold War, the US and the Soviet Union battled on many fronts to demonstrate their superior technical and scientific achievements. Some of these battles are well known and well documented, such as the race to put a human in space and then on the Moon.Others are much less well known. One of these battlefronts was in unconventional research—parapsychology (or psychotronics as the Soviets called it), mind control and remote influence and the such like. Some of the US work on these topics is now public and has famously become the basis for various books, TV documentaries and for the Hollywood film “The Men Who Stare at Goats”.

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The idea that organisms can stably inherit characteristics they acquire during their lifetimes was discarded a long time ago; the fact that it doesn’t seem to happen was a big strike against the pre-Darwinian idea about evolution. But over the last few decades, that idea has been making a bit of a comeback. We’ve identified a few forms of epigenetic inheritance—primarily chemical modifications of DNA—that can be changed during the life of an organism but can still be passed down to its progeny. There’s clear evidence that this sort of inheritance is used in plants, and there are a few hints that it could influence significant traits in animals.Yesterday, Nature Neurosciencepublished a paper that provides the strongest evidence yet that an acquired trait can be passed down for several generations in mice. Animals that were trained to associate a specific smell with pain produced progeny that also were sensitive to the smell—even when their entire role in producing the next generation was limited to being a sperm donor.The paper itself inadvertently indicates just how radical this idea is. Early in its introduction, the authors (Brian Dias and Kerry Ressler) write, “An important, but often ignored, factor that influences adult nervous systems is exposure of parents to salient environmental stimuli before the conception of their offspring.” Well, yes, it has been ignored. But that’s largely because nobody had any evidence that it actually happens.

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes “For many education advocates, the arts supposedly increase test scores, generate social responsibility and turn around failing schools but research that demonstrates a causal relationship has been virtually nonexistent. Now the NY Times reports that with the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a large-scale, random-assignment study (abstract) of school tours to the museum has determined that a strong causal relationship does in fact exist between arts education and a range of desirable outcomes. Students who, by lottery, were selected to visit the museum on a field trip demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions. Moreover, most of the benefits are significantly larger for minority students, low-income students and students from rural schools — typically two to three times larger than for white, middle-class, suburban students — owing perhaps to the fact that the tour was the first time they had visited an art museum. Further research is needed to determine what exactly about the museum-going experience determines the strength of the outcomes. How important is the structure of the tour? The size of the group? The type of art presented? ‘Clearly, however, we can conclude that visiting an art museum exposes students to a diversity of ideas that challenge them with different perspectives on the human condition,’ write the authors. ‘Expanding access to art, whether through programs in schools or through visits to area museums and galleries, should be a central part of any school’s curriculum.'”

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This was going to happen eventually, so it’s not surprise that it’s sooner rather than later. Despite the fact that it’s not even commercially available yet, there is already a sex simulator for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. 

According to BuzzFeed, the simulator was rigged up by a developer at an Oculus Rift Game Jam, an event organized by Facebook group VR Japan. It uses a Novint Falcon controller to operate a Tenga masturbation aid. With the machine set up and, er, everything in place, the user just has to don the Oculus Rift headset for a fully immersive virtual experience.

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Good luck. Be careful not to get guiltripped into handing over your assets to your wife. Someone I know, age 55,  married to a woman for 30 years, was guiltripped by “his wife” after he came out to her.  As a consequence, he signed away his share of a multi-million dollars home to her for 1 dollar and also agreed in paper to pay the mortgage even after a divorce. He would have been left with only about 600 dollars a month to live on from there on, and she made sure to let him know of the numbers. Also be careful as some  women are often very keen on turning your children against you and using them as leverage to get you to agree to what they want. You should not respond to threats of “I am going to end up hospitalized”, or “I will never meet a man”, or “you ruined my life”.  Keep in mind that you were a victim of social injustices and that the real culprits here are society and its many deranged  preachers that even to this day tell  young gay men to marry and lead straight lives because their homosexuality will go away once they settle down with a woman. Apologize for your mistakes.

In essence his wife, a rather gainfully employed woman, after finding out of his sexuality guiltripped him into giving up all of his financial solvency, and then used her new found position of power as leverage to make her gay husband an actor in  her selfish delusional fantasy of being a gay man’s wife and  “only love”.  Her new position of  real power gained as a result of using guilt and emotional blackmail, together with other threats, then allowed her to demand things like:

a) Forcing her husband to put her picture in his office, even though he thought her “repulsive looking”.

b) Demanding her husband dates only a man  she approved of,  and threatening him with cutting off his penis  during his sleep if she were to find out he had sex with a man  behind her back.  In fact, she demanded he abstain from sexual contact with a man for six months after he revealed to her that he was gay; meanwhile she would insist he have sex with her on a regular basis if he were not to divorce her and face all the dark financial webs she laid out.  He would often admit he was just having sex with her as barter for peace and a little security.  In fact she also demanded her husband act “lovy dovy” with her even if he found her so sexually repulsive that he had abstained from having sex with her for over 10 years.  Apparently, the wife thought that by going into a crash diet and losing 50 pounds her gay husband would come around and find her physically appealing. His response  to her was that she was still physically not his thing, but she didn’t care.  People should just feel sorry for someone with so great a  capacity for self-delusion.  It goes without saying that at some point a straight spouse should exercise self-respect and just grant her gay husband the dignity of being himself; many straight women after finding out their husbands are gay attempt to make them straight rather than just letting themselves.

c) Stipulating that he should never look at a man lovingly or love a man. He was to love her only, even if he thought her disgusting and had to playact for her in order to keep her in her delusional fantasy.

e) Getting her husband never to sleep out or spend weekends  with any man he would be allowed to date on her terms. She wanted to be a “primary relation” and then she coerced her husband into making her that or face divorce and all the dark consequences . After she found out that her husband was in love with a man she demanded he walk away from the relation with the man  and also demanded he abandon any form of  friendship  with him. Her conditions were clear:  you do what I want,  or I will divorce you.   Were her gay husband not to agree, the  dire financial traps she nefariously rigged up  would have been unleashed.

f) Getting her husband to agree to her terms and make believe that she was his “only love ” in life when all he wanted of her was to be his roommate and to find a man to give her some sex and affection so that he could be what he had suppressed for over 30 years. In fact she would throw tantrums whenever he suggested  that he would be happy if she found a man who could meet her needs and they remain only roommates.  She would  even demand demand that he never look at men when he was around her; she would claim that he was selfish and lacked empathy for wanting to do so.

h) Forcing her husband to open all emails and personal communication between him and anyone else. That included keeping track of phone records.

i) Forcing her husband to write letters  to the man he loved claiming that he no longer wanted to be friends with him.  At some points she even coerced her husband into such actions by threatening him with disseminating false evidence that she had  gathered by cutting and pasting in his personal emails so as to paint him as a possible pedophile.

j) Telling her husband that if she didn’t stop talking to a man he loved she would black mail the man and make him lose his job.  This she achieved after gaining access to her husband private email.

In essence the guy’s wife would use threats of divorce and blackmail and its horrific financial consequences as leverage of control.  She would also use false evidence she would manufacture as methods of manipulation.  To give you an idea, at one point she visited her husband’s  gay therapist to tell him that her husband could be a pedophile and that she was concerned for the safety of children;  and only after her husband  told her that he would try  relegate his homosexuality to fantasy with the help of a psychiatrist and drugs did she tell the therapist that she was referring to 21+ year old men as “boys”.

Again, be careful what you sign and if you feel that you are doing something out of guilt, just stop and see a gay therapist immediately. You should also contact a gay lawyer ASAP and do not fall victim to emotional blackmail.  Do not let you wife pit your children against you, or use them as a way of forcing you to do things she wants. Remember that your wife can’t throw you out of the house unless she goes through the proper channels.

Under no condition should you allow you wife into your personal emails with other men you may have personal dealings with.  Best of luck to you.


Lesbians coming out to a straight spouse often face even a more terrifying system of manipulation from their husbands. Straight men have perhaps the worse false sense of sexual entitlement, and have no compunction with imprisoning their wives by means of all kinds of nefarious guilt trip rigging, and the deployment of financial traps. To make matters worse women have been subjected to years of conditioning peddling the notion that rearing a family and being totally devoted to it is all that matters in their lives. Often young lesbian faced with these pressures foreclose on their sexuality, marry a straight spouse and embrace a life of inauthenticity and playacting to keep a straight spouse happy.

I suppose we can forgive the people who designed the futuristic fashions of 1939 for making clothes that look so incredibly uncomfortable. They certainly weren’t the first generation to look silly in their quest to embrace tomorrow.

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For a lot of people, a little background noise is helpful to calm down and focus. In some cases, it’s also a boost to productivity. Noisli is a site that allows you to create your own set of background sounds by combining clips from rain, water, wind, and more.

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 “A company shouldn’t get addicted to being shiny, because shiny doesn’t last.”

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