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Beyond the Bubble: Dec. 2, 2011

IMAGE BY ERIK MAGNUSON

By Hana Skoblow
STAFF WRITER

–After years of anticipation from dedicated fans, “Arrested Development” will finally return for a final season followed by a movie. “Arrested” will be available exclusively to U.S. users on Netflix Instant. Episodes will be available in early 2013, provided that the lead actors finalize their contracts. Jason Bateman, who played Michael Bluth, tweeted that he will definitely be returning to his khaki-wearing role, but the decisions of the rest of the actors are still up in the air. If “Arrested” succeeds as before, Netflix may gain back the support of web users it has been losing recently.

–Secretary of State Hilary Clinton travelled to Burma to meet with the country’s new president Thein Sein on Wednesday, Nov. 30. This meeting marks the first time a U.S. politician of Clinton’s rank has visited since 1962. For decades, Burma was mostly isolated and controlled by a military regime, but the new pro- democratic government, though still militarily backed, has been taking steps towards reform. Clinton announced that she is hopeful the nation will make progress.

–The world’s first sex school is now open in Vienna and promises that by graduation, its students will be better lovers. Students over 16 will learn hands-on techniques of “sexual positions, caressing techniques, [and] anatomical features” as well as “history and modern sexual theory.” Students will live in co-ed dormitories and be expected to complete homework assignments there. The Austrian International School of Sex is now accepting applications for Spring 2012.

–Tired of the road to a vaccine against HIV/AIDS, some researchers are saying that protection from the autoimmune virus may lie in gene therapy. Gene therapy is an extreme method – antibody DNA is injected permanently into the genome, causing the muscle cells to manufacture the antibody themselves – but David Baltimore, an HIV researcher and virologist says, “there’s no alternative.” Early tests performed on mice showed a 100 percent protection rate, though humans and mice don’t always give the same results.

Sources: Nerve, Gawker, BBC, Nature

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