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People Who Have Similar Body Odours Are More Likely To Make Friends With Each Other : Study Shows

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Researchers in Israel have stated that people who have similar body odours are more likely to make friends with each other.

The scientists say they made the decision by smelling clothes with a device called an ‘eNose’ which suggest that the sense of smell may play a larger role in human social interactions than previously thought.

Researchers found out that two dogs carefully sniff each other before deciding whether to play or bark viciously.

They say the sense of smell plays a major role in social interactions and wanted to find out why humans don’t sniff each other before associating with each other like all other mammals do.

The new study was conducted by experts at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel and published in the journal Science Advances.

‘Because humans seek friends who are similar to themselves, we hypothesised that humans may smell themselves and others to subconsciously estimate body odour similarity, which, in turn, may promote friendship,’ the authors say.

‘Perfect strangers may begin to interest us at first sniffs rather than at first sight alone.’

It’s already known that people tend to become friends with others who are similar to themselves in appearance, background, values and even in measures such as brain activity, past studies suggest.

So the researchers hypothesised that humans use their noses in social settings just like other terrestrial mammals, but in a covert way, rather than overt.

According to the team, humans subconsciously sniff ourselves and others, make subliminal comparisons and then gravitate toward others who smell like us.

To prove this, the team recruited pairs of ‘click friends’ same-sex non-romantic friends whose friendships had originally formed very rapidly or ‘clicked’

Researchers collected body odour samples from the click friends and conducted two sets of experiments to compare the samples with those collected from random pairs of individuals.

Humans select mates with similar body odour, except for women who take hormonal contraceptives, a 2019 study found.

Couples from Scotland gave body odour samples both with and without fragranced deodorant, with other participants being ranked by smells by similarity.

Researchers not only found that we are attracted to people with similar odours to ourselves, but that certain contraceptives can alter this perception.

Our ability to smell comes from specialised sensory cells, called olfactory sensory neurons.

These are found in a small patch of tissue high inside the nose.

These cells connect directly to the brain.

Each olfactory neuron has one odour receptor.

In other words, body odour appears to contain information that can predict the quality of social interactions between strangers.

“These results imply that, as the saying goes, there is chemistry in social chemistry,” Weizmann Institute of Science graduate student Inbal Ravreby concludes.

Prof Noam Sobel offers words of caution: “This is not to say that we act like goats or shrews — humans likely rely on other, far more dominant cues in their social decision-making. Nevertheless, our study’s results do suggest that our nose plays a bigger role than previously thought in our choice of friends.”

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Meta Announces New Privacy Improvements For WhatsApp

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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that WhatsApp will be getting several new features to boost user privacy. The capabilities include being able to exit group chats without notifying everyone, controlling who can see your online, and preventing screenshots of view once messages.

In his post, the CEO said that Meta was rolling out the features to make messages as private and secure as face-to-face conversations. He didn’t state when the functionalities would be arriving, but BBC News reports that they’d be arriving this month. Apparently, there will be a global campaign to highlight the features, starting in the UK.

It’s interesting to see the UK being named as one of the first places where the advertising campaign will begin in. Just last month, the home secretary, Priti Patel, was essentially criticizing the use of encryption in WhatsApp and other messenger apps. She claims that encryption is stymieing efforts by authorities to clamp down on harmful content.

WhatsApp product head, Ami Vora, said that WhatsApp was the largest messenger platform to offer these types of privacy protections and described it as the most secure place to have private conversations. For several years now, WhatsApp has integrated simple-to-use encryption technologies that are on by default.

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“I’m a boy” : 4-year-old announces in transgender reveal party, sparking debate online

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A 4-year-old biologically female child in Canada has decided to identify as a boy, and the child’s transgender reveal party during a pride parade in Vancouver has sparked a debate on social media.

Charlie Danger Lloyd’s mother said her child has been expressing he is a boy since he was ‘very young.’

The mum claims her child would repeatedly tell the family “I’m a boy!” and that “he” was “growing to look just like daddy” when he was as young as two years old.

In a video posted online, Charlie is seen revealing his new gender at the Vancouver Pride Parade by firing off a confetti cannon filled with blue smoke with the help of his grandmother.

The video has sparked mixed reactions.

Online critics called the gender reveal “child abuse” and “sickening.” Some went as far as to demand that Charlie’s mom be jailed.

But Charlie’s mum, Alaina Bourrel, insists she is doing what she feels is best for Charlie. She added that his confidence and happiness have shot sky-high following a simple wardrobe change and haircut.

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Bourrel told the South West News Service: “We are four months since he began his social transition now.

“He is still a normal kid that does completely normal little kid things like play with Lego, uses his creativity and learns to ride his bike.

“His choices were not questioned and he was congratulated and everyone began using new pronouns. We are so lucky to have the circle that we do.”

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Faeces mixed with weed and tramadol makes us high : Drug Addict reveals

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A 47-year-old drug addict has disclosed that he and his friends occasionally inhale dried human and animal poo laced with marijuana and tramadol.

According to Narcotics Control Commission (NCC) officials, more young people are smoking dry faeces and soaking used sanitary pads to drink for energy.

NCC representatives in Ghana have expressed regret over the tragic event and asked for coordinated efforts to address the issue head-on.

The addict identified as Bernard Tuffour revealed during an interview that some people who inhale dry faeces do so “with marijuana while others just smoke the dried” faeces.

He claims that “those who smoke with dried faeces have the belief that they can never exist without the dried faeces”

“Those who are addicted to smoking dried faeces occasionally go to the public toilet to acquire human excreta and dry it for a few days before they smoke it,” Bernard Tuffour said when explaining how some individuals smoke-dried faeces.

Bernard Tuffour who has been addicted to drugs for 31 years explained that “Those who smoke-dried faeces are in a critical situation and only God can save them from that situation”

“I have never smoked dried faeces but I know some of my friends who do. I feel worried when I see them in that condition because they are going through a lot” he added.

“As I said some of them mix the dried faeces with weed while others mix it with tramadol. Dry the faeces for 5 to 6 days to make sure it is well dried. They will package the dried faeces like packaging weed then they smoke it. You will feel sorry if you see them engaging in that act”

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