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Discovered: Venus has bad weather, women like men to feel their pain, how much water the Earth has lost, cancerless super mice, and how to change your DNA.

  • Women like men to feel their pain. There goes science again, confirming stereotypes about relationships. Basically, research has confirmed what makes women happy -- and this is a true fact, says this woman blogger -- is when their boyfriends or husbands feel, live, breathe their misery. There is nothing that makes us happier than you knowing how unhappy we are. Here's the scientific explanation for why that is: "It could be that for women, seeing that their male partner is upset reflects some degree of the man's investment and emotional engagement in the relationship, even during difficult times," said researcher Shiri Cohen. Our theory: Just plain selfish cruelty. If we're unhappy, you best be unhappy, too. Men, on the other hand, just want their partners to be happy. [American Psychological Association]
  • How to change your DNA. They (my mom) say we're stuck with the lousy genes we inherited. Well, mom, science has discovered a way to change our DNA. Caffeine (yay!) and exercise (boo!) don't change the underlying genetic makeup, but can change the molecules that make up that DNA. "Our muscles are really plastic," says researcher Juleen Zierath.  "We often say 'You are what you eat.' Well, muscle adapts to what you do. If you don't use it, you lose it, and this is one of the mechanisms that allows that to happen," she explains. [Cell Press]

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