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The key to The Flintstones was its surfeit of hate.
Scientists reported Thursday they had developed a technique that can quickly create safe alternatives to human embryonic stem cells, a major advance toward developing a less controversial approach for treating for a host of medical problems.
Astronomers have detected an Earth-like exoplanet that may have just the right kind of conditions to support life.  
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Any emerging life forms would have a wide range of stable climates to choose from and to evolve around, depending on their longitude”  
 
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Gliese 581g lies some 20 light-years away in its star's "Goldilocks zone" - a region surface temperatures would allow the presence of liquid water.  
 
Scientists say that the newly found world could also potentially have an atmosphere.
Government purchase applications have been driving the market for the past year, accounting for, at times, nearly half of all new loans. That may be about to change. New premium authority (translation: higher prices) goes into effect next week, on October 4. New seller concessions policies are about to go into effect as well.  
 
"These two policy changes will increase the opportunity for private capital to return to the market while improving the safety and soundness of FHA," FHA Commissioner David Stevens tells me.  
 
The trouble is, there's really nobody out there in the mortgage market other than Fannie and Freddie. And their loan limits, as well as super-tight underwriting and fees, are pricing many potential buyers/borrowers out of the housing market.
Laws have often created unintended consequences, but rarely have they created inverse consequences, getting the opposite effect than lawmakers intended. Prohibition is probably one example. Laws that target distracted driving could be another.
After years of painstaking study conducted on chocolate’s psychotropic properties, scientists have come to comprehend that even though, chocolates contain stimulants like caffeine and theo-bromine, they are present in very moderate proportions, in fact much lower than in tea and coffee. Stimulants are so low that one would have to consume about 25lbs of dark chocolate in one go to experience an arousal. Therefore, the role of these two stimulants in heightening sexual pleasure is automatically ruled out.  
 
Chocolate is believed to contain another stimulant called - phenyl-ethylamine, which is responsible for initiating the release of dopamine into the pleasure centers which in turn is associated with an orgasm. Consumption of chocolates, especially dark chocolates just before the act, results into a rush of endorphins [endogenous biomechanical substances implicated in the alleviation of pain, produced as a result of body stress.] define, which is quite similar to experiencing the ecstasy, most commonly linked with a good sexual relationship.  
 
Now that the secrets of chocolate lay revealed, there lies no harm in making it an essential element of your mating ritual. So on your way to becoming a chocoholic…are you?
On the face of it, this doesn’t make sense: Pets take up resources that we would otherwise spend on ourselves or our own progeny. Some pets, it’s true, do work for their owners, or are eventually eaten by them, but many simply live with us, eating the food we give them, interrupting our sleep, dictating our schedules, occasionally soiling the carpet, and giving nothing in return but companionship and often desultory affection.  
 
What explains this yen to have animals in our lives?
Out of the Ashes, a Triumph
It's textbook stuff, right? Watching Stuart Schulberg's documentary "Nuremberg" in junior high school history class was an experience shared by many Americans of a certain generation. At least, it seems so. What the schools actually showed, however, were other documentaries that used filmed excerpts from the Nuremberg trials, which in 1945 and 1946 brought the members of Hitler's inner circle—including Hermann Göring, Rudolph Hess and Albert Speer—to be judged for war crimes before an international military tribunal.  
 
In reality, "Nuremberg" was exhibited all over Germany in the aftermath of World War II, but for reasons that remain unclear, it was never distributed in America. Until now. On Tuesday, a new restoration of "Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today" will screen at the New York Film Festival. Then on Wednesday, it will begin a one-week run at Film Forum.  
 
The restoration project was a labor of love for Schulberg's daughter, Sandra Schulberg, a movie producer, Columbia University professor, and niece of Budd Schulberg, the Oscar-winning screenwriter ("On the Waterfront") who also played an essential role in making the original film. The family legacy is undeniable, but Ms. Schulberg said that taking up the project wasn't as easy as it might sound.
On Banned Books  
 
The last week of September is traditionally reserved as a time of reflection and celebration of one of America’s favorite pastimes, and no, I’m not talking about post-season baseball here. I’m referring to the banning, censoring and otherwise challenging of the printed word. So this coming Wednesday at Housing Works bookstore, Mike Edison, the author of 28 pornographic novels and a memoir about his time spent at Hustler, Screw, Cherry, Penthouse and High Times (plus a stint behind the drum kit for ultimate freedom of expression advocate GG Allin) is throwing the third annual Banned Book Party. He’s joined by publishing guru Richard Nash, formerly of Soft Skull and now of Cursor, and the attorney Herald Price Fahringer, who famously defended Larry Flint against numerous allegations of obscenity and went head to head with Rudy Giuliani over the desmutification of Times Square. I caught up with Edison and Nash this week to grill them a little.  
 
Since 1982, the American Library Association has sponsored their annual Banned Book Week and this year’s celebration is, in a word, timely. Earlier this month we watched with the morbid fascination usually reserved for car crashes or insects eating other insects as a vocal minority of Americans grabbed the news cycle by the status updates and exercised their First Amendment rights in order to challenge some other people’s First Amendment rights (namely freedom of assembly and freedom to worship).
Psychedelic Central
The psychedelic rock of the mid-1960's emerged from the budding interest in Eastern cultures, combined with the folk movement that was already in full swing in San Francisco, California. Bands such as Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane came out of the Bay Area and gained national attention for their new style of rock music. Other bands followed, such as Donovan and Big Brother and the Holding Company, singing about social issues fueled by growing opposition to the Vietnam War. As this genre of music gained popularity, the counter-culture in San Francisco, also known as "hippies," grew, culminating in the Summer of Love in 1967. Two years later, the free love movement and the music that inspired it had spread to the east coast. The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, held in upstate New York, launched the careers of several "flower power" artists, and catapulted others to a rock-star status that still lingers today.
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Why exactly is it that the most influential and renowned fictional character of the last quarter century—arguably in any medium—is a plump Italian plumber known not for his wrench skills but for his inexhaustible, effort-free athleticism, and his unquenchable fondness for consuming fungi?
Lawmakers may have unintentionally opened the bond-market up to high frequency traders by passing controversial derivatives-clearing requirements as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.  
 
The Blanche Lincoln-sponsored clearing-house requirements will force certain derivatives, including many credit default swaps (CDS) on corporate bonds, to be cleared by centralized clearing houses and traded on swaps exchanges. The hope is the this will make the market in derivatives more transparent and reduce counter-party risk.  
 
Very little attention has been paid to the likely unintended consequences of this move. Let's begin with a simple observation: government intervention into established market processes always produces unknown and unintended consequences.
A conservative activist known for making undercover videos plotted to embarrass a CNN correspondent by recording a meeting on hidden cameras aboard a floating "palace of pleasure" and making sexually suggestive comments, e-mails and a planning document show.  
 
James O'Keefe, best known for hitting the community organizing group ACORN with an undercover video sting, hoped to get CNN Investigative Correspondent Abbie Boudreau onto a boat filled with sexually explicit props and then record the session, those documents show.  
 
The plan apparently was thwarted after Boudreau was warned minutes before it was supposed to happen.  
 
"I never intended to become part of the story," Boudreau said. "But things suddenly took a very strange turn."  
 
O'Keefe is best known for making a series of undercover videos inside ACORN offices around the country in 2009. The 40-year-old liberal group was crippled by scandal after O'Keefe and fellow activist Hannah Giles allegedly solicited advice from ACORN workers on setting up a brothel and evading taxes...