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“By comparing modern man with our ancestors of 37,000 years ago, the Chicago team discovered big changes in two genes linked to brain size. One of the new variants emerged only 5,800 years ago yet is present in 30% of today’s humans, they believe.” link

“Thousands of volunteers have been out on the streets trying to persuade people to wait in line in order to present a better image to visitors. The campaign was launched under the slogan: ‘It’s civilised to queue, it’s glorious to be polite.’ … Officials in Beijing also want to tackle other social ills including spitting and dropping litter.” link

“With Vista just out the door, Microsoft Corp. is now drawing up plans to deliver its follow-up client operating system by the end of 2009, according to the executive in charge of building the product’s core components. .. ‘We’re going to look at a fundamental piece of enabling technology. Maybe its hypervisors, I don’t know what it is.'” link

“A plastic shunt that can temporarily rejoin the severed blood vessels of soldiers wounded on the battlefield won federal approval Friday, following an expedited review. Citing what it called a critical need for the shunt, the Food and Drug Administration took less than a week to review and clear for marketing the Temporary Limb Salvage Shunt.” link

“Children as young as four are being taught philosophy in nursery, BBC Scotland has learned. … New research from Dundee University suggests learning philosophy raises children’s IQ by up to 6.5 points and improves their emotional intelligence. … He said: ‘The critical thing about it is that it allows the youngster to move to a level where informed choice can be made.'” link

“Interval recognition is also a useful skill for musicians: in order to determine the notes in a melody, a musician must have some ability to recognize intervals. Some music teachers teach their students relative pitch by having them associate each possible interval with the first two notes of a popular song. Here are some examples for each interval, measured in half-steps (aka semi-tones) from zero (unison) to 12 (one complete octave), along with the name of each interval:” link

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