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Gray Matter-Pink or Blue?

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

Gray Matter-Pink or Blue?
Boys and girls use different parts of their brains for the same activity, scientists tell the BBC. When it comes to recognizing faces, it’s girls to the left, boys to the right. The finding may lead to better stroke treatments and, say the researchers, even shed light on “woman’s intuition.”

Who Needs Sperm?

Australian researchers might have found a way to fertilize an egg with cells from any part of the body, reports Reuters. The new study offers hope to infertile men and even lesbian couples. We’re sorry, sir, your services are no longer required.

Just for Men
While we’re on the topic, Reuters also reports that a new contraceptive, just for the guys, has begun a clinical trial. Men who choose the implantable sperm buster should prepare themselves for some minor weight gain, as well as monthly testosterone shots to maintain their mojo.

DNA Separation
The happily married should thank their genes, researchers tell New Scientist. A study found that identical twins are far more likely to share the same marriage history than fraternal twins, suggesting a genetic link to divorce. Let’s see how this will hold up in court.

The Company’s Company
Scientific American takes a look at In-Q-Tel, a not-so-typical venture capital firm. This one’s set up by the CIA, to fund private sector startups with technology of interest to Langley’s very very private sector.

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