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Give Geeks A Chance

You've been compared to Angelina Jolie. He's more of a Steve Carell. Should you take him up on his lunch-date offer? Do looks matter and should we date for personality rather than attraction?

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Rotten Eggs. What A...Turn-On?

Look out, Viagra! Your long stint of unrivaled success may come up against a new competitor in a few years. What's behind this new threat to the mighty blue pill? The malodorous (some may say nauseating) gas, hydrogen sulfide.

Musicians Hear Emotion In Sound

Musicians Hear Emotion In Sound

According to a recent study by Northwestern researchers, musicians hear the emotion in sounds more than non-musicians. This means a flat and pissed off, "nothing's wrong, thanks" will have a harder time passing the trained guitar strummer's ears than say, an aloof blogger, who may just take you on face value and continue thinking of alternate words for "relationship." An interdisciplinary Northwestern research team rounded up a group of musicians and non-musicians and had them watch a nature film with the sounds of a child's distressed cry in the background. Both parties were measured by scalp electrodes, and the musicians were much better at discerning "the complex" emotional part of the child's cry while also immediately ignoring other sounds that didn't matter. This was not the case in non-musicians. "Quickly and accurately identifying emotion in sound is a skill that translates across all arenas, whether in the predator-infested jungle or in the classroom, boardroom or bedroom," says Dana Strait, primary author of the study.

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Dating A Single Dad: What It's Really Like

For months I watched women swoon over "The Bachelor," Jason Mesnick, a divorced single father, and I just couldn’t understand why. As a single twentysomething, I am the center of my world, and I like it that way. While I certainly want kids, I don’t want them right now. And I’ve always imagined that when the time comes, my partner and I will experience all of the firsts of parenthood together. But as I am constantly reminded, life doesn’t always work out the way I imagine it will.

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The Bachelor: Did ABC Make Jason Do It?

The Bachelor's "shocking" finale has become a neverending story. MSNBC reports that personal e-mails between Melissa and Jason after their nationally televised breakup reveal her anger and his placement of blame on the show's producers. According to The Hollywood Gossip, Bachelor host Chris Harrison has cleared the air. Melissa did have an inkling and was not blindsided, the site reports. Molly, on the other hand, was completely in the dark before the after-show was filmed.

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The Secret To Arranging Marriages?

Sure, you may be comfortable posting your profile on one of the myriad dating sites that your friends are buzzing about. Now, let's spice up the equation. How about if your parents, let's say your mom, for instance, wanted to post your profile on a matrimonial Web site. Would that fly?

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Love In The Time Of Twitter

Following the success of a book of six-word memoirs, SMITH magazine's Six-Word Memoirs On Love & Heartbreak By Writers Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial) offers all the highs, lows and in-betweens that define matters of the heart in 130 pages-worth of six-word accounts. Here, a few favorites, which capture the humorous, happenstance and heartbreaking sides of the thing we call love.