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How Facebook suppresses posts

world Updated: Mar 04, 2013 23:48 IST

Facebook is apparently suppressing posts unless users pay hefty fees to the firm, it has emerged. Early last year, Facebook instituted a feature that let people subscribe to others’ feeds without being friends.

A New York Times columnist Nick Bilton said that after the announcement he quickly amassed a healthy “subscriber” list of about 25,000 people.

He started sharing his weekly column with this newfound entourage, and garnered a good response, gaining nearly 400,000 subscribers, and thousands of likes on his posts.

‘Beer goggles’ just a myth: expert
London: ‘Beer goggles’, the phenomenon that afew drinks can make you see even plain faces as more attractive than they are, is just a myth.

Dr Amanda Ellison’s book ‘Getting Your Head Around the Brain , argues that men and women do not see each other differently after alcohol.

The area of the brain that makes us want to mate keeps functioning, no matter how much we drink, meaning that people can still assess how visually-appealing others are,” said Ellison, senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Durham University. PTI

‘Shelf life’ of blood much shorter
Washington: Red cells in blood stored longer than three weeks gradually lose the flexibility required to squeeze through the body’s smallest capillaries to deliver oxygen to tissue, a new study has claimed.

Moreover, that capacity is not regained after transfusion into patients during or after surgery, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found.

“There’s more and more information telling us that the shelf life of blood may not be six weeks, which is what the blood banks consider standard,” said study leader Steven M Frank, a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine. PTI

Queen in hospital with stomach bug
London: Britain’s 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II spent Sunday night in hospital after being admitted for the first time in 10 years as a precautionary measure against the symptoms of gastroenteritis.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the monarch’s planned visit to Rome this week had been called off. The British Queen hasn’t made an overseas trip since October 2011.

Known for her robust health and devotion to duty, Britain’s head of state rarely misses engagements.

“The Queen is being assessed at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis,” the palace spokesman said. “As a precaution, all official engagements this week will be either postponed or cancelled.”

He added that the monarch was in “good spirits” and was otherwise in “good health”. “This is a precautionary measure,” the spokesperson stressed. AFP