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Science finds porn actresses enjoy sex - 10 Things

Hey, you know those new terms and conditions at Facebook which have forced everyone you know to post a thing asserting their copyright? Yeah, um, don't bother doing that: for one thing, you can't negate terms and conditions you've already agreed to by calling barleys on it publicly afterwards, but more importantly you don't need to: there are no new terms and conditions, the public status of Facebook make no difference to your rights under copyright, and Facebook acknowledge your ownership of copyright in the term and conditions that you just clicked on without reading anyway. Snopes - the internet's voice of reason - explains a lot of it here, although they don't add that photos of your elbow looking like a boob will still get get taken down - because Facebook understands that if there's one thing the internet cannot abide, it's photographs of boobs.

So, what exactly has the Curiosity Rover discovered on Mars? Last week Curiosity's lead scientist John Grotzninger made the awesome sounding announcement that "This data is going to be one for the history books. It's looking really good," which lead to wild speculation about the discovery of extraterrestrial life, which, as popular culture has taught us, means Santa Claus, exciting holiday destinations that turn into a deadly web of mystery and intrigue and intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, which regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. However, now NASA are trying to gently manage expectations ahead of next week's announcement, with spokesperson Guy Webster downgrading the information from "earthshaking" to "interesting", recognising that NASA scientists are likely to go freakin' nuts over, the discovery of methane on Mars or the possibility of carbon-based compounds in the Martian soil (which would confirm a long-disputed test that the Viking lander carried out in 1976, Mars fans) but that most people neither understand nor care what that means - which in both cases, incidentally, is the strong possibility of life. Let long-time Marsologist David Bowie explain.

Word has comes through that James Hetfield and Rob Trujilio both appear in the new Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 HD Revert Pack. I know - we didn't realise it was 1999 either. Sure hope it's available for the Dreamcast.

Turns out your mum was right: smoking really isn't good for you. Sure, you already know about the emphysema and the lung cancer and the eroding of tooth enamel and increased risk of heart disease, but it turns out that it also destroys your brain. Researchers at Kings College London have just published a paper with the snappy title "Cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive decline in adults aged 50 and over: a population-based cohort study" in the journal Age and Aging which shows a link between smoking and a decline in memory, learning and reasoning in people over 50. On the other hand, smoking is heaps cool; so, y'know, balance it up. But if you're in Victoria, smokers, get ready to start complaining about how oppressed you are:  Victorian parliament looks set to give the state the same bans on outdoor smoking that most of the other states already have. Which is good news for your brains, honest.

In actually-your-mum-was-wrong news, though, a new study claims to have debunked the hypothesis that porn actors are broken husks of people with crippling backgrounds in sexual abuse and drug addiction. The paper "Pornography Actresses: An Assessment of the Damaged Goods Hypothesis" by researchers at the Psychology Department Pennsylvania's Shippensburg University reports matched 177 porn actresses with 177 women of identical age, ethnicity, and marital status and had them self-report on their history. The findings showed that the actresses were more likely to have used recreational drugs in their past, were sexually active earlier, had higher rates of bisexuality and had more partners (presumably outside of work) and were more concerned about their sexual health, all of which is probably no great surprise, but also that they "had higher levels of self-esteem, positive feelings, social support, sexual satisfaction, and spirituality compared to the matched group", as well as no difference in the incidence of childhood sexual abuse. So: the people in porn are healthy individuals that generally like sex a whole bunch. Who'd have thought?

In your face, influenza! Looks like we've just found a way to speed up the whole vaccine-making process for the flu, meaning that we're far better prepared for the inevitable pandemic that threatens to kill us all. The trick, as discovered by researchers from Germany's Friedrich Loeffler Institute, lies in copying the RNA code (the stuff that tells virus cells what to do, the equivalent of what DNA does in your cells), the upshot being that the months and months that it currently takes to make vaccine stocks for each new strain of the disease could be cut to weeks. It's not a clinical trial level though, which means it's a few years off at best - so maybe don't deliberately go out exposing yourself to exotic viruses just yet.

First the Prime Minister announces a royal commission into institutionalised sexual abuse, now Defence Minister Stephen Smith is making official apologies to Australian Defence Force personnel who've undergone "sexual, physical or mental abuse while serving in the ADF" and announced a high-level taskforce and compensation packages. Geez, it's almost getting to the point where people in high-status positions won't be able to abuse those beneath them with the official protection if not outright sanction of their organisation anymore. Won't somebody think of the abusers?

Terrible news, believers in the power of partying for peace. Only yesterday we told you that Andrew WK was going to solve all the bad things in the Middle East by bringing his State Department-approved party rocking to the troubled region, but now they've totes brought everything down with a statement explaining “Andrew WK had been invited by the US Embassy in Bahrain to be part of a cultural speakers program, but upon further review, the program was canceled because it did not meet the standards of the State Department.” Which isn't entirely how Spokesperson WK saw it, tweeting "I'm just blown away. After a year of planning, the US State Dept. just canceled my Middle East trip because I'm too party." Man, US State Department, we used to think you were so cool.

If anyone here is planning on making confetti for their upcoming street parade, here's a pro-tip: don't make it out of shredded official documents from the police, especially if the shredding means that confidential details are still completely readable. Seriously: last Thursday the confetti being blasted thither and yon at the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC was found to have been made of shredded documents from the Nassau County Police Department, with clearly identifiable names, birthdays, registration details and more. Macys deny it, insisting they bought "commercially manufactured, multicolor confetti, not shredded paper," so evidently the US is in the thrall of a rogue shredder, moving from parade to parade, sowing discontent like a disgruntled Johnny Appleseed.

And finally: look, we haven't had the chance to see Liz & Dick yet, the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton biopic with Lindsay Lohan pinning her comeback hopes on her performance as the Hollywood legend, but Gawker's highlights reel has us salivating. And we'll say this: their props department sure got through a whole lot of smashable objects. 

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    Tuesday 27 Nov 2012 - 9:47 AM
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    That's the Andrew P Street promise: I infocate even as I edutain.
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