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Couple marries on Everest Base Camp, and the photos are amazing!

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KATHMANDU — Each couple feels on top of the world on their wedding day. But the Northern California couple just made that metaphor a reality… by literally getting married on top of the world.

Ashley Schmieder,32, and her husband James Sissom,35, — whose first date was an overnight hiking trip in Yosemite National Park — trekked for three weeks, threw on a wedding gown and tux, then got married at base camp on Mount Everest, a top of the world becoming the first couple to ever successfully do so in traditional wedding garb.

Sissom’s condition was so bad the couple and their crew almost decided to scrub the mission the day before the couple’s wedding day, just feet from the base camp where they were going to tie the knot.

But on the big day, their guide deemed Sissom able to go on, thanks to an oxygen treatment. The couple got married that day at 17,500 feet elevation.

Schmieder, an executive assistant, became infatuated with Everest after reading Into Thin Air, author Jon Krakauer’s telling of a deadly 1996 storm on the mountain.

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“This was kind of a bucket list trip for us,” Schmieder explained. “This is already something we had planned on doing in the future, but not necessarily for a wedding.”

The wedding was as much their idea as it was that of their wedding photographer Charleton Churchill, who dubs himself an “adventure wedding photographer.”

“Both James and Ashley made for great trail partners,” Churchill recounts on his website.

“We were like a family. Ashley is tough girl who crushed it on the mountain trail and maintained a great pace. James is a great man who took care of Ashley, always looking after her needs. Plus he’s a comedian who made us laugh often. It can be difficult after a few days on a long mountain trek with all the pressure and lack of resources to maintain a smile, but we did well.”

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Woman’s brain more stimulated than man’s when aroused

Raghu Kshitiz

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LONDON — A female’s mind reacts much more and is more stimulated than a male one when aroused, according to a recent McGill University study.

For the study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers used advanced imaging techniques to scan brain activity in volunteers while they watched porn. And, they were able to detect higher levels of activity in a number of regions of the minds of females, when compared with their male counterparts.

In the study conducted on 20 men and 20 women, each of the individuals was shown erotic film clips while their brain vitals were scanned by two scanners.

Subjects were instructed, during each video, to use a four-button fiberoptic response box indicating any increase or decrease in their sexual arousal.

One of the scanners was an MRI machine that tracked stimulation in their brains. The other was a heat-seeking camera that measured levels of arousal through participant’s genitals.

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The clips from Modern Family were designed as a comparison, to differentiate erotic arousal from humorous in the brain.

They found that genital arousal in women was more strongly linked with changes in brain activity, across numerous regions, than men.

“There were no brain regions in men with stronger brain-genital correlations than in women”, the study stated, according to the Independent.

While interesting, the sample size for the study was too small, according to Qazi Rahman, a psychology lecturer at King’s College London, further adding that more detailed research would be required to draw such certain conclusions. However, he did not deny the complexity of female arousal.

Writing in a paper detailing their findings, the authors said: “The finding was unexpected because most previous research has suggested that the correlations between genital response and subjective arousal are stronger for men.”

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