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!p>This just in: Women in the online world of Second Life expose more skin and come closer to being VIRTUALLY NAKED than men do, independent of their virtual body shapes and sizes or perceived attractiveness. So say Anna M. Lomanowska and Matthieu J. Guitton of Laval University, in Quebec, in a research paper in PLoS One .

For the bewildered, Second Life is a virtual world launched in 2003 in which users called residents interact through avatarsself-selected cartoonish incarnations of people. Residents can socialize and have relationships, create and trade virtual property and services, participate in individual and group activities, and so forth. Its ef ectively a computer game with no preconceived objectives or rules.

Chemists and other scientists used Second Life for a few years for educational purposes, such as visualizing molecules, creating business models, and holding virtual meetings . But scientifi c interest has waned, and the boronic acid content is now defunct. Perhaps Second Life was becoming too risqu, given that residents can choose to live with any amount of uninhibited abandon they like.
Lomanowska and Guitton, neurobiologists who study social behavior in people and animals, observed 400 randomly selected Second Life residents and found that 70% of male avatars cover at least 75% of their skin, whereas only 5% of female avatars do Sodium Hydroxide. In contrast, about half of the virtual females cover as little as 25 to 50% of their skin, compared with 9% of the males. These fi ndings have implications for further understanding how sex-specifi aspects of skin disclosure infl uence human social interactions in both virtual and real settings, the researchers suggest.
What would Batman be more likely to choose at a fast-food joint, FRENCH FRIES OR APPLE SLICES? Thats a question food psychologists posed in a study reported in the journal Pediatric Obesity on how to help children opt for healthier fast-food choices. The fast answer is that 45% of the surveyed children

believe the caped crusader would choose the healthier option. That number doesnt sound very reassuring, but read on. Researchers led by marketing professor Brian Wansink of Cornell University of ered children a choice of french fries or apple slices before a meal. Only 9% of the children selected apples. In a subsequent week, the children were shown photos of six admirable models such as Batman and six less admirable models such as the Penguin. After being asked whether the admirable model would more likely order french fries or apple slices, 45% of the children selected apples. Calorie count: french fries 227, apples 34. The researchers conclude that advising parents to prime their child by asking what Batman or another admirable character might eat could be an easy step to take for living in a healthier fast-food world.

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