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Life and Universe

Kind kids happier than peers
PTI
London, December 28, 2012
First Published: 00:23 IST(28/12/2012)
Last Updated: 00:26 IST(28/12/2012)

Children who are kind are happier, and make more friends as they gain greater peer acceptance, a new study has found.

Nine to twelve-year-olds who perform kind acts are not only happier, but also find greater acceptance in their peer groups, according to researchers from the University of California, Riverside.

Researchers randomly assigned over 400 students aged 9-12 to two groups: one group performed ‘acts of kindness’ and the other kept track of pleasant places they visited each week.

China boom savages coral reefs: study
Sydney: China’s economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by 80% over the past 30 years, a joint Australian study found Thursday, with researchers describing “grim” levels of damage and loss.

Scientists from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology said their survey on China Sea reefs showed alarming degradation.

“Coral abundance has declined by 80% over the past 30 years on coastal fringing reefs,” said the study. PTI

What women expect from men
London: Rather than indulge in kinky sex games, women fantasise more about men doing the washing, says erotic novel writer EL James. 

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” author believes women want their men to do the housework, rather than tie them up in bed for sex games. 

“Women want men who do the washing up. That would be one of the key fantasies. The book touches on something women think they might want. But actually what they want is to read it, not to live it,” the British author said. 

The Fifty Shades trilogy—dubbed “Mummy Porn” — has sold more than 61 mn copies.  IANS

Spiderman meets his nemesis
Los Angeles: Spiderman’s geeky alter-ego, Peter Parker, dies in a major battle with his rival Doctor Octopus in the latest issue of the popular comic series. 

The ‘Amazing Spiderman No 700’, which hit stands on Wednesday, is set to break the hearts of many ‘Spiderman’ followers, who kept themselves hooked to his exploits in New York for close to 50 years. 

Marvel is looking for a major reboot in ‘Spiderman’ series with the finale. Parker loses a major battle with Doctor Octopus, who spent the past year fighting to destroy the world as his own body slowly died in the latest issue. However,  this doesn’t spell the end  for the legacy of Spiderman.

In a moment of clarity, Dr Octopus realises that his longtime nemesis was a force for good. Having swapped his mind into Parker’s body, Octopus takes on the life and exploits of the superhero for himself. PTI


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