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  • Party hosts get drunker than everyone else. Being an incredible hostess ourselves, we can attest to this finding. A college study found that off-campus party hosts, on average, get more wasted than the attendees. Really, it's the only way to handle the stress and responsibilities of soiree-throwing. Also, as the study's author Cynthia Buettner notes, there are benefits to getting drunk within the safety of one's own home. "They know they're not going to drive, they're home and they probably started before everyone arrived," she said. True and true. [Addictive Behavior]
  • That super-flu isn't so super. Why someone would seek to create a dangerous Contagion-level viral flu is beyond us. But Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, the scientist who did just that, has admitted that his wimpy-flu strain couldn't even kill a ferret. So as not to kill all of Dr. Kawaoka's cred, it's worth noting that those publishing the paper still think it should be censored to keep its details out of the wrong hands. Though, if a ferret can handle this flu, America can certainly handle it. [The New York Times]

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