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IRAN'S NEW HAIR CLUB FOR MEN

An Iranian fashion organization has issued a new list of culturally appropriate haircuts for men, possibly indicating a new crackdown on male attire after years of strict rules for women.

Although the Ministry of Culture has yet to officially adopt the styles presented by the Veil and Modesty Festival, the private organization said approval is pending. It would be the first such rules for men's hair styles since 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Clothing and hair styles have become a highly visible political statement in Iran since the first stirrings of the reform movement in the late 1990s. Many young women have tested authorities by allowing more hair to spill out from under their head scarves and wearing shorter and tighter coverings. Some men, too, push boundaries with earrings and long hair and ponytails.

In posters presenting the new hairstyles, models' locks were cut in fashionable short bobs, varying styles for different hair textures from curly to straight.

The featured haircuts weren't entirely without a sense of whimsy, including a 50s-style pompadour complete with sideburns for one as well as an almost circa-1990s Hugh Grant floppy mop for another.

The group says the styles will be modified for Iran's provinces based on regional culture and the models will be displayed in barber shops for visibility.

Associated Press

Earlier humansgot out of heat

Ancient man ventured into northern Europe far earlier than previously thought, settling on England's east coast more than 800,000 years ago, according to a report in today's issue of the journal Nature. It had been assumed that humans - thought to have emerged from Africa about1.75 million years ago - kept mostly to relatively warm tropical forests, steppes and Mediterranean areas. Then came the discovery of a collection of flint tools some 135 miles northeast of London. Researchers dated the artifacts to between 866,000 to 814,000 years ago or 970,000 to 936,000 years ago. That's at least 100,000 years before the earliest known date for British settlement, in nearby Pakefield.

Climategate probevindication - mostly

Climate-change researchers at a British university failed to respond to critics in an open manner but hewed to high standards in their science and did not manipulate their data, as skeptics of human-caused climate change alleged, according to findings released Wednesday of an independent review of hundreds of hacked e-mails. The e-mails were taken from the server of the University of East Anglia late last year and caused an international stir just before an international environment summit in Copenhagen. The conclusions echoed the findings of two previous independent investigations into the affair that came to be known as "Climategate."

Holocaust memorialis worth the trip

Artist Gunter Demnig, 62, is reviving the names of the millions of Jews, gays, resistance fighters and Gypsies who perished at the hands of the Nazis between 1933 and 1945 by installing more than 25,000 square brass plaques in front of the homes of those killed in the Holocaust. He calls his works, in 569 communities and cities across Germany and also in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy and Austria, "Stolpersteine," or stumbling stones, because people unexpectedly trip over them - figuratively speaking, that is - while strolling through the cities.

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THIS JUST IN

"I just consider it my equivalent of ... vegging out in front of the TV."

Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who relaxes by tackling a scientific conundrum and stretching the limits of technology. The latest result: a dense research paper published online Wednesday in the prestigious scientific journal Nature titled "Subnanometre single-molecule localization registration and distance measurements."

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