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Science 17 November 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5802, p. 1045 DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5802.1045k This Week in Science Money can be exchanged for material goods that are essential for our physiological and psychological well-being, but are there direct effects of money on our psychological state and behavior? Vohs et al. (p. 1154; see the Perspective by Burgoyne and Lea) primed human subjects to think about having money and found that these subjects acted in a more self-sufficient fashion than those who were not primed. Possessing money made it less likely that subjects would ask for help in solving a problem, or offer help to another person, or make donations. In addition, subjects with money would distance themselves--literally and figuratively--from others.
 
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. well , i learnt that there is this thing called CYBERSTALKING , probably the only virtue i am GOOD at , and yet unexplored! ;)
 
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Chinese Knock out a satellite with a missile Using a ground-based medium-range ballistic missile, the test knocked out an aging Chinese weather satellite about 865km above the earth on January 11 through "kinetic impact", or by slamming into it. various sources
 
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I had not even heard about Kurt Vonnegut let read his creations, but I really enjoyed this article in Yahoo news about him. Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dies at age 84 By CRISTIAN SALAZAR, Associated Press Writer 3 minutes ago NEW YORK - Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle," died Wednesday. He was 84. Vonnegut, who often marveled that he had lived so long despite his lifelong smoking habit, had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home weeks ago, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz. The author of at least 19 novels, many of them best-sellers, as well as dozens of short stories, essays and plays, Vonnegut relished the role of a social critic. Indianapolis, his hometown, declared 2007 as "The Year of Vonnegut" — an announcement he said left him "thunderstruck." He lectured regularly, exhorting audiences to think for themselves and delighting in barbed commentary against the institutions he felt were dehumanizing people. "I will say anything to be funny, often in the most horrible situations," Vonnegut, whose watery, heavy-lidded eyes and unruly hair made him seem to be in existential pain, once told a gathering of psychiatrists. A self-described religious skeptic and freethinking humanist, Vonnegut used protagonists such as Billy Pilgrim and Eliot Rosewater as transparent vehicles for his points of view. He also filled his novels with satirical commentary and even drawings that were only loosely connected to the plot. In "Slaughterhouse-Five," he drew a headstone with the epitaph: "Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt." But much in his life was traumatic, and left him in pain. Despite his commercial success, Vonnegut battled depression throughout his life, and in 1984, he attempted suicide with pills and alcohol, joking later about how he botched the job. "I think he was a man who combined a wicked sense of humor and sort of steady moral compass, who was always sort of looking at the big picture of the things that were most important," said Joel Bleifuss, editor of In These Times, a liberal magazine based in Chicago that featured Vonnegut articles. His mother killed herself just before he left for Germany during World War II, where he was quickly taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge. He was being held in Dresden when Allied bombs created a firestorm that killed an estimated tens of thousands of people. "The firebombing of Dresden explains absolutely nothing about why I write what I write and am what I am," Vonnegut wrote in "Fates Worse Than Death," his 1991 autobiography of sorts. But he spent 23 years struggling to write about the ordeal, which he survived by huddling with other POW's inside an underground meat locker labeled slaughterhouse-five. The novel, in which Pvt. Pilgrim is transported from Dresden by time-traveling aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, was published at the height of the Vietnam War, and solidified his reputation as an iconoclast. "He was sort of like nobody else," said Gore Vidal, who noted that he, Vonnegut and Norman Mailer were among the last writers around who served in World War II. "He was imaginative; our generation of writers didn't go in for imagination very much. Literary realism was the general style. Those of us who came out of the war in the 1940s made it sort of the official American prose, and it was often a bit on the dull side. Kurt was never dull." Vonnegut was born on Nov. 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, a "fourth-generation German-American religious skeptic Freethinker," and studied chemistry at Cornell University before joining the Army. When he returned, he reported for Chicago's City News Bureau, then did public relations for General Electric, a job he loathed. He wrote his first novel, "Player Piano," in 1951, followed by "The Sirens of Titan," "Canary in a Cat House" and "Mother Night," making ends meet by selling Saabs on Cape Cod. Critics ignored him at first, then denigrated his deliberately bizarre stories and disjointed plots as haphazardly written science fiction. But his novels became cult classics, especially "Cat's Cradle" in 1963, in which scientists create "ice-nine," a crystal that turns water solid and destroys the earth. Many of his novels were best-sellers. Some also were banned and burned for suspected obscenity. Vonnegut took on censorship as an active member of the PEN writers' aid group and the American Civil Liberties Union. The American Humanist Association, which promotes individual freedom, rational thought and scientific skepticism, made him its honorary president. His characters tended to be miserable anti-heros with little control over their fate. Vonnegut said the villains in his books were never individuals, but culture, society and history, which he said were making a mess of the planet. "We probably could have saved ourselves, but we were too damned lazy to try very hard... and too damn cheap," he once suggested carving into a wall on the Grand Canyon, as a message for flying-saucer creatures. He retired from novel writing in his later years, but continued to publish short articles. He had a best-seller in 2005 with "A Man Without a Country," a collection of his nonfiction work, including jabs at the Bush administration ("upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography") and the uncertain future of the planet. He called the book's success "a nice glass of champagne at the end of a life." In recent years, Vonnegut worked as a senior editor and columnist at In These Times. Bleifuss said he had been trying to get Vonnegut to write something more for the magazine, but was unsuccessful. "He would just say he's too old and that he had nothing more to say. He realized, I think, he was at the end of his life," Bleifuss said. Vonnegut, who had homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons in New York, adopted his sister's three young children after she died. He also had three children of his own with his first wife, Ann Cox, and later adopted a daughter, Lily, with his second wife, the noted photographer Jill Krementz. Vonnegut once said that of all the ways to die, he'd prefer to go out in an airplane crash on the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. He often joked about the difficulties of old age. "When Hemingway killed himself he put a period at the end of his life; old age is more like a semicolon," Vonnegut told The Associated Press in 2005. "My father, like Hemingway, was a gun nut and was very unhappy late in life. But he was proud of not committing suicide. And I'll do the same, so as not to set a bad example for my children."
 
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भूलसुधार: "I had not even heard about Kurt Vonnegut let read his creations"-"I had not even heard about Kurt Vonnegut, let alone read his creation"
 
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In 1893, 41 years after its first constitution was signed, New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote.
 
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IN Papua New Guinea, Males commonly greet each other by touching each others' genitals. Children cry in cycles of 4 hr ==> ultradian manner When Ants are exposed to high levels of radiation, they flicker their antenna and move "Breasts" in male is a releaser stimulus...
 
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hey Gundrukbhat...thanks for reminding me. 1. India successfully tested its missile AGNI-III --> Range 3000 KM 2. Bomber blast cafteria of Iraqi Parliament in heavily secured Green Zone. 3. Good Read about Mittal and Son--> http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_16/b4030001.htm?chan=search
 
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Hey Shirish - How are you? Hope all is well. Thought this might be of interest to some folks: In the beginning was the word. The word was god. In the end too there was the word. The word was English (that was what I learnt :P ) Source: - http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/09/asia/englede.php Across cultures, English is the word SINGAPORE: Riding the crest of globalization and technology, English dominates the world as no language ever has, and some linguists are now saying it may never be dethroned as the king of languages. Others see pitfalls, but the factors they cite only underscore the grip English has on the world: cataclysms like nuclear war or climate change or the eventual perfection of a translation machine that would make a common language unnecessary. Some insist that linguistic evolution will continue to take its course over the centuries and that English could eventually die as a common language as Latin did, or Phoenician or Sanskrit or Sogdian before it. "If you stay in the mind-set of 15th-century Europe, the future of Latin is extremely bright," said Nicholas Ostler, the author of a language history called "Empires of the Word" who is writing a history of Latin. "If you stay in the mind-set of the 20th-century world, the future of English is extremely bright." That skepticism seems to be a minority view. Experts on the English language like David Crystal, author of "English as a Global Language," say the world has changed so drastically that history is no longer a guide. More at the link above :)
 
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I learnt that Nepali Congress is the most corupt party in Nepal http://www.sajha.com/sajha/html/openThread.cfm?forum=2&ThreadID=43988
 
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I'M IN CISCO SYSTEM NETWORKING ACADEMY CLASS.
 
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Well! Here is something interesting... Scientists discover a planet with water.... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6544257.stm Also, scientists discover asphalt sediments on the sea floor. They are looking for extremophile bacterias.... ;)
 
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What did I learn today?? I learnt yet again "never to wrestle with a pig.. you get dirty and besides the pig likes it." Thats very rightly put by Shaw!! :D On a somewhat less funny note I read this rather scary news for all the banana lovers on how edible bananas may disappear within a decade if urgent action is not taken to develop new varieties resistant to some sort/ different sorts of blights.
 
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Recent studies suggest that it takes 11 minutes for a women to get sexually aroused. (Jay Leno says: he would have slept for nine minutes by then.)
 
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1971: Swiss women get the voting right - http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/7/newsid_2738000/2738475.stm Does not this surprise you? Swiss women only get voting right in 1971 ( i.e. 2028 Bikram Sambat). So guys do not think you are that behind in social development and gender issues ;) than so called western civilization or democracy ;).
 
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AMERICA is watching Don Imus’s self-immolation in a state of shock and awe. And I’m watching America with wry amusement. Since I’m a second-class citizen — a gay man — my seats for the ballgame of American discourse are way back in the bleachers. I don’t have to wait long for a shock jock or stand-up comedian to slip up with hateful epithets aimed at me and mine. Hate speak against homosexuals is as commonplace as spam. It’s daily traffic for those who profess themselves to be regular Joes, men of God, public servants who live off my tax dollars, as well as any number of celebrities. In fact, I get a good chuckle whenever someone refers to “the media” as an agent of “the gay agenda.” There are entire channels, like Spike TV, that couldn’t fill an hour of programming if required to remove their sexist and homophobic content. We’ve got a president and a large part of Congress willing to change the Constitution so they can deprive of us our rights because they feel we are not “normal.” So I’m used to catching foul balls up here in the cheap seats. What I am really enjoying is watching the rest of you act as if you had no idea that prejudice was alive and well in your hearts and minds. For the past two decades political correctness has been derided as a surrender to thin-skinned, humorless, uptight oversensitive sissies. Well, you anti-politically correct people have won the battle, and we’re all now feasting on the spoils of your victory. During the last few months alone we’ve had a few comedians spout racism, a basketball coach put forth anti-Semitism and several high-profile spoutings of anti-gay epithets. What surprises me, I guess, is how choosy the anti-P.C. crowd is about which hate speech it will not tolerate. Sure, there were voices of protest when the TV actor Isaiah Washington called a gay colleague a “faggot.” But corporate America didn’t pull its advertising from “Grey’s Anatomy,” as it did with Mr. Imus, did it? And when Ann Coulter likewise tagged a presidential candidate last month, she paid no real price. In fact, when Bill Maher discussed Ms. Coulter’s remarks on his HBO show, he repeated the slur no fewer than four times himself; each mention, I must note, solicited a laugh from his audience. No one called for any sort of apology from him. (Well, actually, I did, so the following week he only used it once.) Face it, if a Pentagon general, his salary paid with my tax dollars, can label homosexual acts as “immoral” without a call for his dismissal, who are the moral high and mighty kidding? Our nation, historically bursting with generosity toward strangers, remains remarkably unkind toward its own. Just under our gleaming patina of inclusiveness, we harbor corroding guts. America, I tell you that it doesn’t matter how many times you brush your teeth. If your insides are rotting your breath will stink. So, how do you people choose which hate to embrace, which to forgive with a wink and a week in rehab, and which to protest? Where’s my copy of that rule book? Let me cite a non-volatile example of how prejudice can cohabit unchecked with good intentions. I am a huge fan of David Letterman’s. I watch the opening of his show a couple of times a week and have done so for decades. Without fail, in his opening monologue or skit Mr. Letterman makes a joke about someone being fat. I kid you not. Will that destroy our nation? Should he be fired or lose his sponsors? Obviously not. But I think that there is something deeper going on at the Letterman studio than coincidence. And, as I’ve said, I cite this example simply to illustrate that all kinds of prejudice exist in the human heart. Some are harmless. Some not so harmless. But we need to understand who we are if we wish to change. (In the interest of full disclosure, I should confess to not only being a gay American, but also a fat one. Yes, I’m a double winner.) I urge you to look around, or better yet, listen around and become aware of the prejudice in everyday life. We are so surrounded by expressions of intolerance that I am in shock and awe that anyone noticed all these recent high-profile instances. Still, I’m gladdened because our no longer being deaf to them may signal their eventual eradication. The real point is that you cannot harbor malice toward others and then cry foul when someone displays intolerance against you. Prejudice tolerated is intolerance encouraged. Rise up in righteousness when you witness the words and deeds of hate, but only if you are willing to rise up against them all, including your own. Otherwise suffer the slings and arrows of disrespect silently. Harvey Fierstein is an actor and playwright. NY Times
 
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There is more information coming to light that disproves the Aryan Invasion theory. Check out this video. Some of this sounds a bit like propoganda because "the evidence" the video claims is not always laid out in the video, but there a quite a few interesting points made. At a minimum, this piece brings to the fore the question has too much attention been focussed on the AIT and is the truth quite different. Warning: I have not verified the agendas, if any, of the websites mentioned in this video and expect users are sensible enough to make up their own minds and explore different sides and alternate view points about the issue. ################################################ Excerpt: A vast number of statements and materials presented in the ancient Vedic literatures can be shown to agree with modern scientific findings and they also reveal a highly developed scientific content in these literatures. The great cultural wealth of this knowledge is highly relevant in the modern world. Techniques used to show this agreement include: - Marine Archaeology of underwater sites (such as Dvaraka) - Satellite imagery of the Indus-Sarasvata River system - Carbon and Thermoluminiscence Dating of archaeological artifacts - Scientific Verification of Scriptural statements - Linguistic analysis of s found on archaeological artifacts - A Study of cultural continuity in all these categories.
 
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I learned that If I get affiliated with Nepali Congress and get blessing from Sujata Koirala, I can smuggle white chandan as much as i Can from Nepal
 
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I learnt that I have no choice ...
 
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I learned about sunday, December21, 2012 TheDoomsday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6wI3Pbolbw&mode=related&search= Yeah I do believe in this shit.
 



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