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2008-10-13 06:00:18

By Steve Cornell Marriage offers the closest possible relationship of intimacy and companionship we can enjoy. I've been married for more than 25 years and for 20 of them, I've done a lot of marriage counseling. Marriage should be a relationship of mutual encouragement, acceptance and partnership. But good marriages are not accidental. Intentional commitment and hard work are essential ingredients. This is one reason why many marriages don't go the distance. A growing number of people...

2008-09-25 00:00:12

By ANN GRIES My boyfriend and I have been living together for three years. I am ready to get married, but he isn't sure he is ready for such a big commitment. Is commitment really that important in marriage? L. S. Commitment is very important in marriage. It is the glue that will hold your relationship together even when you do not feel like loving your spouse. The first 18 months of marriage are usually highly charged physically because of the release of endorphins and other...

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2008-09-12 11:08:28

Female spiders are voracious predators and consume a wide range of prey, which sometimes includes their mates. A number of hypotheses have been proposed for why females eat males before or after mating. Researchers Shawn Wilder and Ann Rypstra from Miami University in Ohio found, in a study published in the September issue of the American Naturalist, that the answer may be simpler than previously thought. Males are more likely to be eaten if they are much smaller than females, which likely...

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2008-08-19 15:25:00

New research suggests that men from polygamous cultures outlive those from monogamous ones. Virpi Lummaa, an ecologist at the University of Sheffield, suggested that after accounting for socioeconomic differences, men aged over 60 from 140 countries that practice polygamy to varying degrees lived on average 12% longer than men from 49 mostly monogamous nations. The research looks to solve the long-standing puzzle of life expectancy in human biology. A phenomenon called the grandmother effect...

2008-08-13 15:00:13

By ANN GRIES I am worried about having a good marriage if I ever decide to marry. My parents divorced, and I have struggled to trust others in any kind of relationship. I still have feelings of anger toward my parents for breaking up our family. I do not want to do that to any future family I might have. How can I get past these feelings so I can even consider marriage? R.A., Chandler Please accept my sympathy on the breakdown of your family. You still may be grieving from what you have...

2008-08-09 03:00:08

By Harknett, Kristen Theoretically, a shortage of males in a local marriage market may influence the formation, quality, and trajectory of unmarried parent relationships. To test these hypotheses, I combine city-level sex ratio data from the U.S. census with microdata on unmarried couples who recently had a child from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study. A shortage of men in a marriage market is associated with lower relationship quality for unmarried parents. Male shortages are...

2008-07-20 12:00:16

By Shirley Westall, Odessa American, Texas Jul. 20--Couples therapy, as my clinical director knows, isn't the easiest area of counseling for me. Tensions can easily rise to uncomfortable levels during a heated marriage counseling session. Having been married to the same man for nearly 47 years, I believe creative arguing is healthier than yelling. Not for one minute do I believe couples who say, "We never argue." These couples must live in separate homes or turn off their hearing aids...

2005-10-25 14:20:32

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attending religious services may enrich the soul, but it also fattens the wallet, according to research released on Tuesday. "Doubling the frequency of attendance leads to a 9.1 percent increase in household income, or a rise of 5.5 percent as a fraction of the poverty scale," Jonathan Gruber of the economics department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote in his study. "Those with more faith may be less 'stressed out' about daily problems that...

2005-10-10 14:52:27

By directly manipulating mating performance in a tropical sea slug, Chelidonura hirundinina, researchers of the University of Tbingen have now shed light on the bizarre reproductive conflicts encountered by hermaphroditic animals. In some hermaphroditic species, such as C. hirundinina, mating partners may insist on copulating as a "male," "female," or both, resulting in unique biological conflicts over gender. Sexual interactions in so-called cross-fertilizing simultaneous hermaphrodites,...

2005-07-18 17:11:17

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Both the U.S. marriage and divorce rates are dropping while the number of unwed couples living together is rising, according to an annual study of marriage released on Monday. The numbers show a gradual trend in the United States toward the lifestyles in Scandinavia, particularly Sweden, where unmarried cohabitation with children is far more common, said David Popenoe, co-author of "The State of Our Unions" study. The number of unmarried couples...


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2014-04-07 14:12:35

Stegodyphus lineatus is the only European species belonging to the spider genus Stegodyphus. The males of this species are up to 12 millimeters long, while the females are up to 15 millimeters long. The coloration can range from whitish to almost black. In the majority of individuals, the opisthosoma is whitish with two broad black longitudinal stripes. The males and females look similar, but the male is usually richer in contrast and has a bulbous forehead. The species name is in...

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2007-02-21 11:04:54

The Greek Tortoise, Testudo graeca, is one of four European member of the Testudinidae family of tortoises. The other members of the family are Herman's Tortoise, Marginated Tortoise, and Horsfield's Tortoise. There are six noticeable differences between males and females of the Greek Tortoise. Males have a longer tail that tapers to an even point. The anal cavity opening is farther from the base of the tail on the male. The male's underbelly is somewhat curved, while females have a flat...

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