linkfest – 11/20/11

Parasites drove human genetic variation“Adapting to pathogens was more important than climate and diet in driving natural selection.”

Neanderthals ‘hit by globalisation’“Neanderthals may have vanished after being swallowed up by Stone Age ‘globalisation’, according to a new theory. Rather than being driven into extinction, they lost their identity after interbreeding with early modern humans and adopting their culture, it is claimed.”

Neanderthal Neuroscience – @the loom.

Oral contraceptive use is associated with prostate cancer: an ecological study“A significant association between OCs and PCa has been shown. It is hypothesised that the OC effect may be mediated through environmental oestrogen levels; this novel concept is worth further investigation.” – oops.

Intelligence across childhood in relation to illegal drug use in adulthood: 1970 British Cohort Study“High childhood IQ may increase the risk of illegal drug use in adolescence and adulthood.”

Frequent gamers have brain differences, study finds“They couldn’t determine if the frequent gamers’ brains grew larger as a result of playing video games or if those kids were attracted to gaming because that part of their brain was enlarged in the first place….” – quite so.

Brain scans of happy people show they respond more positively to their environment

Study Finds Link Between Low IQ, Large Waistline“More men with low intelligence scores at 18 had unhealthy belly size at 40”

Six Black Russians – heh. from greg cochran.

HBD, Left, and Right – @altright.

bonus: Antarctic mountain mystery solved

bonus bonus: Swedish scientists create light from almost nothing

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