Saturday, June 29, 2013

Science: Why men love breasts...

Wisdom Quarterly; Dr. Larry Young;; Joanna Kakissis (
Fashion challenge: How to find a bra that fits (
With support to draw even more attention
HOLLYWOOD - Why do straight men devote so much headspace to those big, bulbous bags of fat drooping from women's chests?
Scientists have never satisfactorily explained men's curious breast fixation.
But now a neuroscientist has struck upon an explanation that he says "just makes a lot of sense."
A closer look (DK Publishing)
Larry Young, a professor of psychiatry at Emory University who studies the neurological basis of complex social behaviors, thinks human evolution has harnessed an ancient neural circuit that originally evolved to... 
The result? Men, like babies, love breasts.
When a woman's [CENSORED] are stimulated during breast-feeding, the neurochemical oxytocin, otherwise known as the "love drug," floods her brain, helping to focus her attention and affection on her baby. But research over the past few years has shown that in humans, this circuitry isn't reserved for exclusive use by infants. More
Huh... What?
Inca teen mummy discovered
She lived 500 years ago (Angelique Corthals)
PERU - The so-called Maiden mummy of a 15-year-old Incan girl who was sacrificed 500 years ago is giving up some secrets, revealing the teenager suffered from a bacterial lung infection at the time of her death, scientists report Wednesday (July 25, 2013). The researchers analyzed tissue proteins, rather than DNA, from the Maiden and another young Inca mummy who died at the same time. Over the last decade, DNA techniques have proven useful in helping solve ancient mysteries, such as how King Tut died. But... More

Archaeologist Ivan Sprajc at new Mayan site (Nat'l Inst. of Anthropology and History)
Ruins of Maya city discovered in remote jungle
Pyramid of light (escueladelamadretierra)
MEXICO - An entire Maya city full of pyramids and palatial complexes has been discovered in a remote jungle in southeastern Mexico, archaeologists report. Covered in thick vegetation, the ruins were found in Campeche, a province in the western Yucatán peninsula that's littered with Maya complexes and artifacts. The newfound site is dubbed Chactún, and it... More

Rebuilding Buddhas of Bamiyan
Joanna Kakissis (NPR/, 2011)
AFGHANISTAN - The [CIA's] Taliban destroyed the historic statues a decade ago [2001]. But in a painstaking process, the two giant carvings of the Buddha are being reconstructed on the side of a cliff in central Afghanistan [Bamiyan].
When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan a decade ago, they were fanatical about eliminating everything they considered un-Islamic.
Their biggest targets -- literally and figuratively -- were the two monumental Buddha statues carved out of the sandstone cliffs in central Afghanistan. One stood nearly 180 feet tall and the other about 120 feet high, and together they had watched over the dusty Bamiyan Valley since the sixth century, several centuries before Islam reached the region.
Despite international opposition, the [CIA instigated the] Taliban destroyed the statues... More

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