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Friday's Five: Queasy Conservatives To Real Superheroes

Queasy Does It - Researchers from Harvard and Yale say people who are more easily grossed out by slime, gore and other physically repulsive things are more likely to be politically conservative. It turns out many of our unpleasant emotions most likely evolved to keep us safe and healthy. Think about that the next time the smell of a rotten egg or the sight of road kill grosses you out.
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Big House, Smaller Meals - States are saving money by serving prisoners less food. But what matters more than how much prisoners eat is what they eat. Convicts fed more food with omega 3 oil and less fatty, processed and sugary meals were much better behaved.
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(Mitch Butler)
Webbed Wonder - One of the people who helped create the World Wide Web says the number of web pages is now roughly the equivalent to the number of neurons in the brain - and we've reached a point where we no longer fully understand how the Internet is affecting us on individual and societal levels. Today the great information organism has begun to mimic the human organism - the eyes, ears, brain, etc.
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Height Sleight Of Hand - The advantages tall people enjoy (pay, romance, presidential elections) over smaller people have been well documented. But there are methods - optical illusions and others - by which short people can attain the "status cues" of their high-altitude competitors. Some involve height, others are less obvious.
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Here They Come To Save The Day - Rising unemployment + fascination with comic books + dose of Good Samaritanism = real life superheroes. They can't fly or see through walls but they're doing what they can.
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