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Discovered: women can't handle pain, solving climate change with airplanes, a new gene to help Japanese rice farmers, Facebook friends are unreliable.

  • Women complain more about pain than men do. If men had to have full-sized babies come out of their bodies, they wouldn't moan about it so much, suggests a new study. When looking at pain scores for 72,000 patients they found women reported feeling more pain in 39 of 47 common health problems. This could mean that men are more badass than women. Or, it could just mean they are liars. "Men may be under-reporting it, say if they are being seen by a female nurse," explains Atul Butte, a Stanford University researcher. Given our experiences with the males in our lives acting like big babies any time they get a cold, we think this reporting theory is most likely. [The Telegraph]
  • Facebook friends are unreliable. Internet friends are not real friends. They will stalk photos and make fun of absurd status updates, but in a time of crisis don't depend on them. A new survey found that only 13 percent of 1,000 surveyed said they had a single person to turn to on Facebook in a time of crisis. This does not surprise us. And if surprises you, it's time to reexamine what the Internet is. [The Telegraph]

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