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I don’t know if this is wrong or just one of the things we should expect more of in the future?

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Pregnant Man?

Pregnant Man?

The Pregnant Man Gives Birth

Thomas Beatie, also known as The Pregnant Man, has given birth to a girl, he confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Beatie, 34, who began life as a woman and legally switched to a male identity, while preserving his female reproductive organs, and his wife Nancy, 46, welcomed a daughter at an Oregon hospital on June 29. Both Beatie and his daughter are healthy and doing well, he tells PEOPLE. Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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Did you know we only have 30 days to live?

That’s what some critics of the “most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries” when turned on in August.  The story about the $5.8 billion dollar collider was published by the AP on Yahoo here. “…critics fear the Large Hadron Collider could exceed physicists’ wildest conjectures: Will it spawn a black hole that could swallow Earth? Or spit out particles that could turn the planet into a hot dead clump?” Continue reading

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Inspiration when you’re down: Randy Pausch Lecture’s “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”

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My personality test results

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Advised to take a personality test (albeit in Korean), I painfully plugged through 180 questions to get my results (again, in Korean). If interested, take a read (if you can read in Korean). Fortunately, I had a friend who helped me out translate this:

75%
80%
70%
55%
85%
75%
85%
85%
80%

The top 3 personality types I scored on (the ones labeled with 85% above) are below.

당신은 주장이 강한 사람…(8번 유형)

주장이 강한 사람은 자신을 신뢰하고 스스로 강해지고 싶어하며 남에게 의존하지 않으려는 욕구가 동기가 되어 행동합니다. 최상의 상태에 있을 때 이들은 솔직하고 권위가 있고 충실하고 정력적이고 현실적이며 다른 사람을 잘 보호해주고 자신감에 차 있습니다. 그러나 최악의 상황일 때에는 남을 통제하려 들고 반항적이고 둔감하며 자기 중심적이고 회의적이며 공격적입니다 Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 Scientific Discoveries (2007)

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#1. Stem Cell Breakthroughs Correction Appended: Dec. 11, 2007 In November, Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University and molecular biologist James Thomson of the University of Wisconsin reported that they had reprogrammed regular skin cells to behave just like embryonic stem cells. The breakthrough may someday allow scientists to create stem cells without destroying embryos — sidestepping the sticky ethical issues and opposition from the U.S. government that surround embryonic stem-cell research — but that day is still a ways off. Regarding his achievement, Thomson wrote in the Washington Post: “[It] changes both everything and nothing at all.” His and Yamanaka’s work is still in its early stages, and it’s unclear whether reprogrammed skin cells will turn out to be as useful as embryonic stem cells; for now, stem-cell experts agree that embryonic research must continue. Indeed, just a week before the researchers’ papers were published in Cell and Science, scientists in Portland reported that they had for the first time cloned embryonic stem cells from monkeys — another step closer to human stem-cell cloning. None of the research has yet translated to usable therapies, but for the millions of patients for whom this work holds promise, science just took a big turn for the better. Continue reading

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Korea 12th in science according to OECD

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http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2884046

December 18, 2007

Korea’s scientific innovation capability ranks 12th among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a government report said yesterday. Continue reading

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It’s that time of the year for the top 10 of the year lists…starting with Science & Technology…

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Top 10 Science & Technology News of 2007

Published on 12-10-2007 17:49 here: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2007/12/133_15291.html

Environment, Energy, Mobile Internet Are This Year’s Most Debated Issues

By Cho Jin-seo
Staff Reporter

The science and technology section of a newspaper is often its most cheerful page, since its stories tell about new inventions, innovations, evolution and natural wonders. But this year, the primary tone of the science sections was rather grim. The global warming issue and its threat was selected by science journalists in South Korea as the most critical scientific issue of 2007. Continue reading

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Facebook fulfills social scientists their ultimate dreams…

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On Facebook, Scholars Link Up With Data

originally published here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/17/style/17facebook.html?em&ex=1198126800&en=f556053b6d338205&ei=5087

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Nicholas Christakis, a Harvard professor who is using Facebook to study how people form social relationships, said, “Our predecessors could only dream of the kind of data we now have.”

Published: December 17, 2007

 

Each day about 1,700 juniors at an East Coast college log on to Facebook.com to accumulate “friends,” compare movie preferences, share videos and exchange cybercocktails and kisses. Unwittingly, these students have become the subjects of academic research. Continue reading

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