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Rated XXY

We round up this week’s most intriguing items from around the Web.

Rated XXY
Stuck with an extra X? No need to fret, reports Reuters: a new study says many people born with an aberrant sex chromosome lead happy, healthy lives.

Umlaut Dot Com

The agency that governs domain names has delayed plans to accommodate foreign languages, prompting private companies to go ahead without them, reports the New York Times. The chutzpah!

Starship (Private) Enterprise
Salon interviews Robert Bigelow, the Budget Suites entrepreneur, paranormal enthusiast and UFO chaser who plans to compete against NASA in the space business.

Neither Rain Nor Spam Nor Dark of Night
Wired takes a skeptical look at the U.S. Postal Service’s effort to reinvent itself for the post-postal world. The article claims the result could be privatization, but ignores the implications for universal service.

Camp David Was Booked
The Washington Post describes a détente worthy of Dr. Kissinger himself: at a Chevy Chase, MD, retreat, the Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics reportedly agreed that the other guy isn’t so bad after all.

Old MacDonald Had a Pharm
Factories are expensive, dirty affairs-compared to the lush fields of genes that the chemical industry hopes will replace them. The downside? Could be chicken DNA in your corn, writes the Los Angeles Times.

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