And how much oil is there? Estimates bounced around for years until 1999, when Alberta got serious about determining its potential. Based on data from 56,000 wells and 6,000 core samples, the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) came up with an astonishing figure: The amount of oil that could be recovered with existing technology totalled 175 billion barrels, enough to cover U.S. consumption for more than 50 years. With the new math, Canada slipped quietly into second place behind Saudi Arabia’s 265 billion barrels in oil reserves, followed by Iran and Iraq.
Just read this interesting article in Time Magazine about how romance is linked to smell. We respond to olfactory cues and in fact, smell helps us narrow our choices of potential partners.
MHC (the major histocompatibility complex), a set of genes that controls the immune system and influences tissue rejection is especially critical. You jive best with a partner whose MHC is sufficiently different from your own. Studies show that couples with similar MHC’s have trouble conceiving or an increased risk of miscarriage.
A study had females smell various t-shirts worn by different anonymous men, then pick the one that appealed to them most. Most women chose ones worn by men with a MHC dissimilar to her own (=good). Those who chose the t-shirts worn by men with similar MHC (=bad) were on birth control. The daily dose of hormones confounds the MHC-smell detection system.
A chemist associated with the studies “wonders if the Pill may contribute to divorce… Women pick a husband when they’re on birth control, then quit to have a baby and realize they’ve made a mistake.” Here’s an in depth description of the study & a scientific explanation here.
Watch out Match.com, ScientificMatch.com is taking over. My friend Pavla read about this online dating service where you send in saliva samples and the program matches you with a mate with dissimilar immune system genes. Only $1,995.95 for a year for anyone except convicted criminals or women on birth control.
Musicbrain, great qualification on a topic the media loves to go crazy about - instant ramifications of genetic behavior data. Flies do it, and so do we! See, this one human study that looks at it in a roundabout way because that’s the only way possible confirms it! The roundup of this article doesn’t suggest it, but it stands confirming that we still don’t know for sure about human pheremones, and even once we do, their importance will probably be much more limited than they are in any other species. Scientists (myself included, I study stress and behavior and implications for depression and PTSD in rodents) always love to take choice out of human behavior. It’s interesting and fun, because as Americans we place such importance on personal choice and personal responsibility, it’s always crazy to think that maybe we aren’t as in control as we think, that our ‘subconcious’, to use a crappy term, is calling the shots. There is a whole industry trying to make money off of scientific research in this general area. For instance, a few years back at UCLA a scientist partnered with a company to do fMRIs on democrats and republicans to find out how they respond differently to political ads, with the hope of figuring out the innate differences in their brains so they could sell ads to political groups that either group would more strongly respond to for a huge fee. As if these political identities are distinct and separate organisms or something. Besides the fact that this is pretty much impossible to figure out in the first place, they had almost no idea what they were looking for, and besides the fact that I bet money no women were included in the study, as the pregnancy/possible pregnancy would rule them out, and women respond differently to everything emotional anyway, as the few fMRI studies that do include women show.
Anyway, lost my point almost. My point was that these olfaction studies are cool, and olfaction is one of the coolest areas of behavior research right now because of the ability to do so much genetic and behavior research at the same time in the same organism (flies), but every time studies get extrapolated to and performed in humans, capital BUTS need to be attached, even though theoretically it’s fun to take them away and eliminate all choice from human-human interactions. Cool thought exercise, interesting, and when we finally determine the extent of truth to how much we choose and how much our brain/genetics choose on its own, that will be cool. But, I worry that research and stories like this get digested by the government without qualifiers, and they then think, “see, birth control IS evil,” and then we all have to deal with another round of attacks on our access to birth control, except now they supposedly have Science backing them up.
So, thanks for covering a really cool cutting edge area of behavioral research, Time, but you suck.
Lots of people have crappy mood responses to the pill. I did too. But there are many different formulations, lots of different synthetic progesterones (which I believe to be the culprit of most of the nasty). Tell your doctor the pill makes you crazy, and they will try out another one, which you may respond to totally differently. I did, I found one that was awesome, called Estrostep. Some of the formulas on the market are ancient, made back before they even thought about emotional effects, when they were bombarding women with hormones like cattle, just to make sure the job got done. It sucks and is time consuming to keep on trying new pills, but there are good ones, they just aren’t always the first prescribed, because they aren’t good for everyone. Don’t settle for synthetic progesterone made in 1970! Cancer is scary, here is a medicine that not only destroys your period, it puts your fertility in your control, and now they say it possibly reduces your risk of ovarian cancer FOREVER? Even the possibility is a hell yeah.
I recognize that this is sounding condescending. I’m sure a lot of people have tried many different pills, and they still don’t like the way they feel. Okay. I guess I am still just worked up about my earlier post in regards to dihard’s post, which has sparked a lot of anti-pill chatter. That’s fine, and I’m not offended by the talk. I am offended that the article published a diss on birth control that it can’t really back up, that claims the pill is so unnatural and is fundamently hurting our lives, and states that Science says so. Articles like this get eaten up by those that are already anti, and can be used recklessly to pass laws that then downstream affect my ability to make my own medically sound and justified choices that have already been extensively reviewed and proven by actual science, and I find that scary. You know, my rational and informed choice versus their ideology, blah blah? I just worry everytime I see studies reported like this that sooner or later the whole thing will turn up blown out of proportion on talk radio and in congress and coming out of my aunt’s mouth at Christmas like it always does, and I’m tired of it.
This is the most interesting tumblr discussions I have ever read. I came across dihard’s post this morning, thought about the subject a bunch throughout the day, and then caught up on all the reblogs this evening. It’s definitely generating emotional and personal responses (appropriate for the topic obvs.). I am posting my favorite series of posts/responses here (there are bunch more interesting ones, but this post is already super long). I was really happy to see Creamfracas’ super reasonable responses, with a bunch of thoughtful points about the study results and the pill.
I have thought about this all way too much for one day. I’m going to bed, and I’m never being serious again.
“If people are going to upload a tonne of photos on to Facebook then I’m going to click ‘em because I’m a natural snooper. This goes double if they’re good-looking. I can’t help but laugh when you see a whole page of photos where a girl has the exact same pose and smile in each one. She’s staring at you from behind those gritted teeth and her eyes are saying, “This is my good side and you’re going to have to pry it from my cold, dead hands before I give this up.””—box of Jack
“so then i walked around pretending i could shrink myself and other people to like thumbelina size, and where would be the places to fuck then. pretty much anywhere. like i could jump in the slot in the garbage can for shredding and fuck amid all the sensitive documents.”—self titled: i am a hero
“One of those companies is Want More PROMO?, a Florida-based outfit that claims to have “signed artists” among its ranks and that incorrectly figured hip-hop artist Sage Francis for someone who’d shell out $1,200 for 430,000 fake plays a month. The person behind Francis’ MySpace page played along with the company’s solicitations, then posted the pitch to Francis’ official site in order to tell the world about yet another dark side of social networking”—For Only $1,200, Your Crappy Band Can Seem Really Popular On MySpace — kellyreeves
I think there are a lot of bands on myspace that would have a hard time resisting something like this.
Because of all the lazy candidate analysis that surrounds us quality like this really stands out. Packer compares Hillary and Barack and the different ideas of the Presidency each exemplifies. The best part, to me, is the very fair and full look at Hilary.
Packer is one of my favs; as Rach says, his essays are nearly perfect. His blog and books are great too. Oh, and he has a play opening soon. It probably won’t suck.
“Even just the though of putting my lady-junk on display squicks me out; i certainly don’t want to see other women’s either. It’s distracting and an assault on the eyes. Like having a jiggly butt crack on your chest.”—jessicalouise
The part before the semicolon made me laugh out loud. Junk has always been my favorite euphemism, and is squick even a word?
As for the the topic, it’s all about knowing what you have and dressing appropriately. Some people can get away with a lot more than others. It’s also a smaller part of the whole what you like vs. what looks good on you struggle. I suck at this and it makes shopping so frustrating.
(wow that I the most girly thing I have ever blogged. fashion? oh god. at least I was vague.)
All five finalists for Best Picture were made independently of the big studios, and four of the five — Atonement, Juno, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood — were released by the so-called indie subsidiaries of the majors.
Each of the five films was made for $30 million or less — unheard of when the average studio project costs three times that — and Juno had a ludicrously low budget of $2.5 million.
The new report found that 77 per cent of adult Edmontonians made all their trips by car on the day the survey was done. It topped the eight major Canadian cities studied in 2005, the most recent year for which numbers are available.
“The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying.”—Anna Wintour in response to Hillary Clinton’s backing out of a photoshoot for Vogue because she feared she’d appear too feminine. — what I learned today
“There’s a part of me that wants to go streak and run outside and jump around and go swim in the ocean and do everything. The other part of me wants to bear down and repeat this kind of performance next year and in the years to come.”—Barry Zito, MLB Pitcher.
This is a priceless episode — mainly because of Cabel’s hilarious story about Candybar piracy: “Oh, my craaaazy roommate.” — implodr
I find it funny that the guy actually e-mailed him with that ridiculous excuse. If you are already the type of person that does stuff like that, why would you even try to respond… wouldn’t you just ignore the e-mail?
“I was laughing when we had the debate a couple days ago…. People were asked, “What’s your biggest weakness?” So…I’m like an ordinary person, so I thought they meant, “What’s your biggest weakness?” So I said, “Well, you know, I don’t handle paper that well, you know, my desk is a mess, I need somebody to help me file stuff all the time.” So the other two, they said, “My biggest weakness is I’m just too passionate about helping poor people. I am just too impatient to bring about change in America. You see, if I had gone last, I would have known what the game was. I could have said, “Well, you know, I like to help old ladies across the street. Sometimes they don’t want to be helped. It’s terrible.”—Barack Obama — squashed
Sigh. I think actually liking a candidate is setting me up for huge disappointment. There is no way someone saying such perfectly reasonable things can be elected.
"streets that don’t drain, iron fences around suburban homes, good but watery beer, kiosks full of cheap plastic toys, sidewalks with little square lakes where tiles are missing, affordable cigarettes, escalators with wooden steps, the cinder block as the unit of construction…"
Apart from the cool flash stuff, I think the design of the page really suits what I’m guessing is an Ikea-like company. It makes me want to shop there, something about the bright and friendly kid colours.
“It is the contradictions in works of art which make them able to represent us—as logical and methodical generalizations cannot—our world and our selves, which are also full of contradictions.”—Randall Jarrell, from Seed: The Future of Science…Is Art?