Der Spiegel:Der Mensch ist ein soziales Wesen. Er trifft sich gern mit Freunden, freut sich mit anderen und leidet mit ihnen. Mitunter lockert ein Bier oder auch ein Glas Wein die Zunge und bringt Menschen schneller einander näher. Psychologen der University of Pittsburgh haben die Wirkung von Drinks auf die soziale Interaktion nun in einer Studie mit 720 Probanden untersucht. Ihre Beobachtungen klingen zunächst wenig überraschend: Wer Alkohol trinkt, auf den wirkt das Lächeln anderer Menschen ansteckender.Allerdings gab es diesen Effekt kurioserweise nur in Männergruppen, berichten Catharine Fairbairn und ihre Kollegen im Fachblatt “Clinical Psychological Science”. Sobald eine Frau mit am Tisch saß, verstärkte Alkohol die ansteckende Wirkung eines Lächelns kaum.Read the whole story: Der Spiegel More of our Members in the Media >
IN A MARKED reversal of its policy adopted in June 2005, the board of Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority voted on October 18 to adopt light rail for all five corridors in the city’s $1·3bn Metro Solutions expansion programme.It had previously been decided that an all-rail plan would be too costly, so only the University Line was to be built as light rail. The North, Southeast, East End and Uptown routes totalling about 32 km, were to be constructed as bus rapid transit, on dedicated rights-of-way but with rails buried in the roadway for subsequent conversion when ridership would justify it. That decision met with strong protests from community groups and elected officials. Metro President & CEO Frank Wilson told the board meeting that the Federal Transit Administration had changed its evaluation criteria for federal grants expected to cover half the capital cost. FTA will now consider ‘rail bias’ – based on evidence that potential riders are more attracted by light rail than bus options – and examine all five lines as part of a co-ordinated system, as it did with light rail expansion in Salt Lake City.The board approved a compromise route for the 16·1 km University Line, which will run east-west from the Hillcroft Transit Center to the University of Houston campus, crossing the existing Main Street line at Richmond. MTA hopes to complete all five Metro Solutions corridors by 2012.
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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): The West Indies, who are not taking part in the ICC Champions Trophy in the One Day International format of cricket, will host Afghanistan in the first of three T20 internationals tonight at Warner Park. The reigning champions in the format have looked anything but over the last 10 months with six defeats in their last seven matches but the Afghanistan assignment presents the opportunity for the Caribbean side to turn their fortunes around. West Indies boast a strong squad for the series with some of the world’s leading T20 specialists in batsmen Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels, along with spinners Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree all involved. Captain Carlos Brathwaite said on Thursday that even though they were not taking the Afghans for granted, they were confident of imposing themselves on the series. “We need to get back on the winning track. We pride ourselves in our T20 cricket and as usual we want to go out there and give the fans a spectacle, playing that Caribbean way, playing that exciting way to get fans off their seat,” the all-rounder said. “We are not underestimating Afghanistan, they were actually the only team to beat us in the recent World Cup triumph so we’re not underestimating them. “We are focussing on ourselves, we want to get back to the winning ways we are capable of and individually a lot of guys have stuff to prove in West Indies colours and I’m sure everyone is ready and raring to go.” Afghanistan, coached by Phil Simmons who was axed as West Indies head coach last September, have been impressive in their recent outings going unbeaten in their last 11 T20 Internationals. The match is set to bowl off at 6:30 pm. SQUADS: WEST INDIES – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams. AFGHANISTAN – Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Javid Ahmadi, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Najeeb Zadran, Gulbaddin Naib, Rashid Khan Arman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Shapoor Zadran, Amira Hamza Hotak, Farid Malik, Dawlat Zadran, Karim Janat.