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Dr. Fisher offers three key components of love, involving different but connected brain systems:

  • Lust — driven by androgens and estrogens, the craving for sexual gratification
  • Attraction — driven by high dopamine and norepinephrine levels and low serotonin, romantic or passionate love, characterized by euphoria when things are going well, terrible mood swings when they’re not, focused attention, obsessive thinking, and intense craving for the individual
  • Attachment — driven by the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin, the sense of calm, peace, and stability one feels with a long-term partner [link]

In the USA, they’d brand these as pink phones

According to Lily Kuo at Quartz, the Indian government is about to launch a giant project to reduce the gender gap in mobile ownership:

The scheme is interesting not just for its scale—it aims to connect some 25 million rural families with cell phones that can access the internet—but its focus. Handsets will be given to the woman of the household, specifically low-income women that have been part of the government’s employment guarantee program. The scheme gives residents a phone for a one-time fee of Rs 30 (about $0.50) and will provide a recharge every month for two years, according to the Hindu. (The packages are pretty modest: users get 30 minutes of call time, 30 text messages, and 30 MB of data a month, according to the paper.) [link]

How a White House political correspondent ended up homeless and working retail

From Joe WIlliams’ first hand account:

On June 21, 2012, I was invited to discuss race, Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and the 2012 presidential election on MSNBC. I said this:

“Romney is very, very comfortable, it seems, with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in town hall settings … But when he comes on ‘Fox and Friends,’ they’re like him. They’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.”

The political Internet exploded. Because I’m an African American, enraged conservative bloggers branded me an anti-white racist. Others on the right, like Andrew Breitbart’s Big Media, mined my personal Twitter account and unearthed a crude Romney joke I’d carelessly retweeted a month before. The Romney campaign cried foul. In less than two weeks I was out of a job.  [link]

New ways to ingest your (chinese synthetic) caffeine

Murray Carpenter at Wired writes

For starters, there is Stay Alert gum, with five pieces per pack, each piece containing 100 milligrams. This was originally developed by a subsidiary of Wrigley, working with researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. And there is Zapplesauce, caffeinated applesauce. It comes in a plastic pouch and packs 110 milligrams of caffeine. There is a mocha-flavored First Strike Nutritious Energy Bar, also packing 110 milligrams of caffeine…  In a little bowl on the table … [there was] a pile of caffeinated meat sticks that looked like Slim Jims, sliced into two-inch lengths… Lieberman… tried a piece of the beef jerky. “It’s really good,” he said, “and it really does completely mask the caffeine.” [link]