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Faced with the happy prospect of describing what one MSNBC reporter could not -- the 41 combinations of sex that Americans are having, according to a new survey -- Stephen Colbert breaks it down with the help of his articulated friends Not Barbie and Samwise Gamgee.

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Here's another reason why baby boomers are still running various sectors of society: They need less sleep. According to a new study published, fittingly, in the journal Sleep, people in their 60s don't need to snooze for quite as long as their younger counterparts. This may partly explain why Jay Leno is still on the air.

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An excessively sedentary lifestyle could spell heart disease or even cause premature death, according to a new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, which gauged health (or issues therewith) according to the amount of time subjects spent sitting and watching television. However, TV isn't the decisive factor in the mix -- sitting for long stretches of time at work can also be hazardous to your health, the study found.

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Call them the steroids of the scientific set: A British journal found that drugs like Ritalin and Provigil are popular among some scientists, mostly under 35, to enhance focus and ward off fatigue. A full 80 percent of the 1,258 respondents in the Nature survey believed "healthy humans" had the right to use performance-boosting drugs to give them an edge in their work.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that CBS News is likely to part ways with its evening news anchor, Katie Couric, who earns about $15 million a year. Consistently in last place among the networks, CBS has been under pressure to right the ship, and was even reported to have considered outsourcing some news operations to CNN. CBS says no such plan is in the works.

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Finally, a gender-focused study that doesn't fall prey to the hidden gender biases of its research team (a phenomenon that occurs all too frequently in concordance with a little-known, but often operative, adjunct to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle).

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Multiple studies have suggested that Danes are the happiest people on the planet, but an article in the medical journal bmj.com goes one step further and attempts to understand why. Most likely reason they're so satisfied: low expectations. (h/t boingboing.net)

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Liberals will continue to lose ground in American politics as long as conservatives continue to outbreed them, argues a Syracus University professor in the Wall Street Journal. (The blue/red baby gap is much bigger than you'd imagine.)

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