March 7th, 2010

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"A prostitute is more likely to have sex with a police officer than to get officially arrested by on

"There is a surprisingly high prevalence of police officers demanding sex from prostitutes in return for avoiding arrest. For prostitutes who do not work with pimps (and thus are working the streets), roughly three percent of all their tricks are freebies given to police...A prostitute is more likely to have sex with a police officer than to get officially arrested by one." -- Steven Levitt, An Empirical Analysis of Street-Level Prostitution

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Naps improve learning ability

"When we initially learn something, it's collected in the hippocampus, which is a short-term reservoir in the brain. For that memory to survive, it needs to live in the brain's long-term memory, or the cortex.

Walker's group hypothesized that while we sleep, information is shifted from one location to another, and the change in the geography of information could improve learning afterward.

In the study, researchers took two groups of healthy young adults. Each group completed two learning sessions. The difference was that between the first and second sessions, one group got to take a 90-minute nap. Members of the group that got the nap improved in their ability to learn by 10 percent, while the non-napping group did 10 percent worse."

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Mini-Makers show their stuff

"Laura Shafer placed key words with a rubber ink stamp on wooden clothes pins.

These words, such as “plenty” and “breathe,” could be randomly pulled out of a clothes pin bag to form haiku poems or clever phrases during what has become a forgotten chore — drying clothes in the sun.

“I’m trying to make line drying fun so that people will get out of their dryers,” said Shafer, a Sebastopol artist who participated Saturday in a mini-Maker Faire at Copperfield’s Books at Montgomery Village.

The event is a scaled down, community-oriented version of the wildly popular Maker Faire, the world’s premiere do-it-yourself event that’s sponsored by Make Magazine, a publication of Sebastopol-based O’Reilly Media."

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