Survey: 75% of Homeless Youth Use at Least One Social Network

In a small but intriguing study, social scientists found that 75 percent of the homeless youth they surveyed use social networks and that their usage patterns were remarkably similar to college students. 

Led by the University of Alabama's Rosanna Guadagno, they surveyed 237 college kids and 65 homeless youth, both with an average age of a little over 19 years old. While a greater percentage of the students were on social networks (over 90 percent), both groups of users reported spending more than an hour per day using Facebook, Twitter, and the like. 

Guadagno argues that the results should lead us to rethink the concept of the digital divide of Internet haves and have nots. "To the extent that our findings show a 'digital divide' between undergraduates at a four-year university and age-matched participants in a program for homeless young adults, it is mainly in types of Internet use and not access to the Internet, and that divide is relatively minor," we read. "Since it is clear that the proportions of undergraduates and homeless young adults accessing social networking sites are similar, we assert that the term digital divide is not descriptive of the young adult population."

Reporting on the Death of Neil Armstrong, 82, the First Man to Walk on the Moon, NBC News on the Internet Initially Gets It Wrong. Armstrong's First Steps Captivated TV Viewers in One of the Most Famous TV Broadcasts Ever

Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, has died. He was 82.

According to NBC News, which first reported the astronaut's death, "His family reported the death at 2:45 p.m. ET [on Saturday, 8-25-2012]. A statement said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures."

The Los Angeles Times obituary notes that "Armstrong's lunar stroll on July 20, 1969 -- watched by an estimated 600 million television viewers worldwide -- established him firmly as one of the great heroes of the 20th century."

If one clicks on the NBC News story on the Web, it now carries this update: "(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story included the wrong name in the headline.)"

The editor's note does not say what name NBC News originally wrote in its headline. Here is a screenshot TVWeek took of the original NBC News headline:


Neil Young, the famous Canadian folk-rock musician, is 66 and not dead. (The picture in the screenshot is Neil Armstrong. It was only in the headline that NBC News wrote the name of the wrong Neil.)


Nope, it's not a bicycle version of the Hoverboard. Instead, the Hoverbike ($TBA) is a motorcycle-like ultralight aircraft that's powered by a flat twin 4-stroke. You ride the thing like a motorcycle, including handlebar-based speed and direction control, and thanks to its custom carbon fiber propellers, frame, driveshafts, and seat, you should be able to make it almost 100 miles between fuel-ups. Oh, and did we mention it can reach altitudes of 10,000 feet plus?

Meet the primate prodigy: Natasha the chimp genius stuns scientists with her human-like levels of intelligence Read more:

It is widely thought that social intelligence is what really sets humans apart from primates.

But scientists may just have to rethink that view after being introduced to Natasha the 'chimp genius'.

She has astounded researchers with her ability to manipulate situations and communicate with others in her species in a way they have never seen before.

Genius: Natasha, the 22-year-old chimpanzee, displays a level of social intelligence that is changing the way we view apes

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Think you have a rough sex life? Try being a female chimp.

The male common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees had spines on their members that likely increased stimulation during mating, according to a new study in the journal Nature. Human males (and Neanderthals) dropped this trait, while chimps kept the spine.

The penis spines, while improving stimulation, can also inflict damage on females during intercourse.

The discovery, made after a detailed comparative analysis of human, Neanderthal and chimpanzee genomes, reveals that both humans and Neanderthals went on a separate evolutionary path from chimpanzees and other primates after humans often paired up into couples.

The finding also bolsters the theory that humans and Neanderthals would have been sexually compatible and likely mated.

"Humans have evolved a more monogamous long-term bonding system, which involves a whole series of anatomical changes," lead author David Kingsley told Discovery News.

UK police accidently leak plan for arresting Julian Assange

Plans to seize Julian Assange "under all circumstances" the moment he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London have accidentally been revealed by a police officer displaying restricted documents outside the embassy.

The document, pictured under the officer's arm by a Press Association photographer, appears to advocate arresting the WikiLeaks founder whether he leaves the building in a diplomatic bag or in a diplomatic car.

The handwritten plan was recorded at a police briefing and only partially covered by the officer's arm as he arrived at the embassy in Knightsbridge on Friday.

The brief begins: "BRIEF – EQ. Embassy brief – Summary of current position Re Assange. Action required – Assange to be arrested under all circumstances." It then makes reference to a "dip bag" and a "dip vehicle".

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The document is one officer's notes from a briefing. Our objective is to arrest Julian Assange for breach of bail. Under no circumstances would any arrest be made which was in breach of diplomatic immunity."

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