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Nerds rejoice: Braininess boosts likelihood of sex news service
Ewen Callaway 15:57 03 October 2008

Lonely men ought to flaunt their copies of New Scientist. Women looking for both one-night stands and long-term relationships go for geniuses over dumb jocks, according to a new study of hundreds of university students.

"Women want the best of both worlds. Not only a physically attractive man, but somebody in the long term who can provide for them," says Mark Prokosch, an evolutionary psychologist at Elon University in North Carolina, who led the study.

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Blob Your Idea, Win $10,000

Just blob it! That's the idea behind the beta version of a new website called The site is calling all entrepreneurs and small-biz owners to brainstorm their best business ideas and submit them online. Then, entrepreneurs can watch how well their idea is received as people vote for their top picks. Each month, the idea with the most votes wins $10,000. In addition, aspiring small-business owners can get valuable feedback from their idea submissions, much like they would if they actually formed a research group. "[IdeaBlob] also gives potential business owners a chance to 'try out' new ideas among other entrepreneurial types in a supportive and encouraging environment," said Ami Kassar, chief innovation officer of Advanta, the company that announced the launch. The contest ends on March 31, so get blobbing!

Posted by Kristin Edelhauser at 10/17/2007 4:25:00 PM

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At last, your friends will get your cards before you get home

Last week I complained about how poor e-mail-based support had a negative impact on my European vacation, how a lack of service left me unable to respond to any emergencies at home. Still, there were no emergencies and I had a pretty good time — while discovering how e-mail has transformed the once-clunky process of sending vacation postcards.

In prehistoric times, you would visit some exotic land and pull a touristy dinosaur card off a rack. You would scrawl a short message, attempting to cram a week's worth of news in a tiny space. You then needed a stamp and a mailbox. With all this, you were almost guaranteed to arrive home before the card turned up in the recipient's mailbox.

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Fertilizing the family tree on

Plant your pedigree and watch it grow by building a bridge to thousands of relatives.
By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 5, 2007

Remembered, online
Petra Spithost of the Netherlands now has 16,860 members in her online family tree. One of them is Pim, her 7-year-old son. Another is St. Arnulf of Metz, an influential 6th century Frankish bishop (and, importantly, the patron saint of brewing). And a third is the reigning queen of Holland.

If the tree speaks true, Queen Beatrix is Spithost's great-grandfather's third cousin's daughter-in-law's grandfather's 30th great-uncle's 28th great-granddaughter. Not exactly a close relation, sure, but can you do any better?

Spithost, a 39-year-old Web developer who lives with her husband and children in the Dutch province of Friesland, is the creator and chief custodian of the largest family tree on Geni is a newfangled genealogy website that launched in January and has amassed more than 500,000 registered users and a grove of family trees that contains more than 6 million names.
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