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science-junkie:

If your friends feel like family, there’s a good reason for it
The truism that friends are the family you choose may be more accurate than you might suppose.
A study published on Monday found that people are apt to pick friends who are genetically similar to themselves - so much so that friends tend to be as alike at the genetic level as a person’s fourth cousin.
The findings were based on an examination of about 1.5 million markers of genetic variations in a group of nearly 2,000 people who had taken part in a long-running health study based in Massachusetts. The researchers compared people identified as friends to those who were not.
The study showed people were most similar to their friends in olfactory genes, which involve the sense of smell, and were least similar in relation to immune system genes.
"Olfactory genes have a straightforward explanation: People who like the same smells tend to be drawn to similar environments, where they meet others with the same tendencies," said one of the researchers, James Fowler, a professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego.
The study, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, follows research released in May that found that people tended to choose spouses who have similar DNA.
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science-junkie:

If your friends feel like family, there’s a good reason for it

The truism that friends are the family you choose may be more accurate than you might suppose.

A study published on Monday found that people are apt to pick friends who are genetically similar to themselves - so much so that friends tend to be as alike at the genetic level as a person’s fourth cousin.

The findings were based on an examination of about 1.5 million markers of genetic variations in a group of nearly 2,000 people who had taken part in a long-running health study based in Massachusetts. The researchers compared people identified as friends to those who were not.

The study showed people were most similar to their friends in olfactory genes, which involve the sense of smell, and were least similar in relation to immune system genes.

"Olfactory genes have a straightforward explanation: People who like the same smells tend to be drawn to similar environments, where they meet others with the same tendencies," said one of the researchers, James Fowler, a professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego.

The study, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, follows research released in May that found that people tended to choose spouses who have similar DNA.

Read more @reuters.com

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asylum-art:

Globe Chandelier byBenoît Vieuble

This gorgeous glowing globe chandelier by Benoît Vieubled is totally rocking our world right now. Composed of 15 spinning spheres of Earth, the planetary constellation is made of repurposed desk globes outfitted with lights and suspended from the ceiling’s firmament. Dubbed “Monde à l’endroit, Monde à l’envers”, the beautiful chandelier will add an out-of-this-world ambience to any room – now let’s see some DIY versions!

maxistentialist
You know when you enter a Starbucks store, it’s usually always displayed in some posters there, their message which is: Yes, our cappuccino is more expensive than others, but - and then comes the story - we give one percent of all our income to some Guatemala children to keep them healthy. For the water supply for some Sahara farmers, or to save the forests, to enable organic growing coffee…whatever, whatever. Now, I admire the ingeniosity of this solution. In the old days of pure simple consumerism you bought a product and then you felt bad. My god, I’m just a consumerist while people are starving in Africa. So the idea was you had to do something to counteract your pure destructive consumerism. For example, I don’t know, you contribute to charity and so on. What Starbucks enables you is to be a consumerist and to be a consumerist without any bad conscience because the price for the countermeasure - for fighting consumerism - is already included into the price of a commodity. Like you pay a little bit more and you are not just a consumerist but you also do your duty towards environment - the poor, starving people in Africa and so on and so on. It’s, I think, the ultimate form of consumerism.
Slavoj Zizek (via blackestdespondency)
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todaysdocument:

The Apollo 11 Moon Landing was televised worldwide and watched by 500-600 million, becoming a major cultural touchstone of the 1960s. Crowds from across the globe were mesmerized by the event, as shown in this clips from the film “Moonwalk One,” recently digitized by our colleagues in the National Archives’ Media Preservation Lab.

Moonwalk One, ca. 1970

From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, 1962 - 1981. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006

via Media Matters » Stepping Stones to the Moon

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fifaworldwar:

The Seattle Sounders signed 18-year old Xander Bailey to a professional contract, who also started against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs. Bailey has cystic fibrosis, but trained with the team prior to the match, kicked off the match alongside his hero, USA captain Clint Dempsey, and recorded a shot on goal for the Sounders behind an incredible crowd.

This is what football is about.

thetechgets
thetechgets:

EU wants Apple to follow Google’s in-app purchase policy changes

The European Commission’s request for Apple and Google to take additional steps that further protect smartphone and tablet users from unexpected in-app purchases coming from their children. Now, Google said that starting in late September, free games in the Play Store that come with in-app purchases won’t be labeled as free anymore.

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thetechgets:

EU wants Apple to follow Google’s in-app purchase policy changes

The European Commission’s request for Apple and Google to take additional steps that further protect smartphone and tablet users from unexpected in-app purchases coming from their children. Now, Google said that starting in late September, free games in the Play Store that come with in-app purchases won’t be labeled as free anymore.

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captainmwai:

harseik:

No more ocean view. >D

I want more of this Bruce Wayne. I want Bruce and Lex to be rivals and Lex has all kinds of evidence that should have led his brilliant mind to immediately finger Bruce as Batman but he’s just such a goddamn looney toon that suspicion never really attaches. Also I’d like to see a Batman that has actually achieved some work-life balance, where he has off hours to basically screw with Lex in extravagant ways, invent useful things, and work the political system in clever ways that gradually turn Gotham into a rival city to Metropolis, cheesing off Supes to no end, which just makes it all the sweeter.

captainmwai:

harseik:

No more ocean view. >D

I want more of this Bruce Wayne. I want Bruce and Lex to be rivals and Lex has all kinds of evidence that should have led his brilliant mind to immediately finger Bruce as Batman but he’s just such a goddamn looney toon that suspicion never really attaches. Also I’d like to see a Batman that has actually achieved some work-life balance, where he has off hours to basically screw with Lex in extravagant ways, invent useful things, and work the political system in clever ways that gradually turn Gotham into a rival city to Metropolis, cheesing off Supes to no end, which just makes it all the sweeter.