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    Will This Phone Kill You?

    There are many, many ways to screw up experiments on the biological effects of cell-phone radiation, and in 20 years of studies scientists seem to have used every one. The result is a confused public and nearly incoherent government policies that careen back and forth like a drunk after last call.
  • What the New Report on the Gulf Spill Really Says

    Despite widespread media reports claiming that 75 percent of the oil from the gulf spill is gone, up to 50 percent—or nearly 2.5 million barrels—of the oil that was released could conceivably still be out there.
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    Dan Abrams and the Case for New Media

    To hear Dan Abrams tell it, the TV business is about to be radically disrupted by the Internet, just as the print media business has been. And he’s dying to be a part of the disruption. “In five years, anyone who is not actively involved in the Web is not in media,” says Abrams, a TV journalist best known as the chief legal analyst on NBC and MSNBC.
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    DNA Dilemma: Should I Take a Genetic Test?

    As Congress grows closer to regulating direct-to-consumer DNA tests off the market, a NEWSWEEK reporter sets forth on a weeklong quest to determine if the tests are worth taking.
  • DNA Dilemma: The FAQs

    By the end of the week, writer Mary Carmichael will decide whether or not to take a direct-to-consumer genetic test. Here's more information about her project.
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    The Mental Health Effects of the Oil Spill

    Despite recent reports that the oil spill is clearing up faster than expected, anxiety and depression still linger among residents of the Gulf coast. A survey of 406 Gulf coast residents indicated the far-reaching emotional toll of the spill, with younger residents and low income citizens showing the most distress.
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    Amazon's New Kindle: Nice, but No iPad

    Anyone expecting that Amazon might roll out a new Kindle with a color screen and the ability to play music and movies—in other words, a device like Apple's iPad—will be sorely disappointed in the new version rolled out Wednesday. And that's too bad, because the new model is a pretty slick little device, despite the fact that it still has a black-and-white screen and is only good for reading books and newspapers.
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    America's Dirty Beaches

    Tar balls? A sheen of crude? Oil mousse? Amateur hour. The real villains of America’s beaches are not the scattered and dissipating messes from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but the nationwide and relentless releases of disease-causing pathogens—human and animal feces—that reach the shorelines from storm runoff and sewage overflows.
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    Why Summer Vacation Won't Make You Happier

    Looking forward to getting away from it all? Brace yourself: the daydreaming you do now may be the best part. Studies show that there’s no difference in happiness levels between people who get away for a week and people who have to stay at work.
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    Blackberry Inventor Sees More Growth Opportunity

    Since Mike Lazaridis cofounded the Canada-based Research in Motion Ltd., maker of the Blackberry, his devices have spawned an entire industry—and quite a legacy. It’s no surprise then that RIM’s market share is No. 1 in North America and No. 2 in the world. But can he fend off the iPhone and Android?
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    Why the iPad Hasn't Killed Kindle

    Yes, it's true that the iPad has been a smash hit, selling 3.3 million units in just a few months. But Amazon claims its plucky little Kindle is doing pretty well, too. Amazon won't give out sales figures, but Forrester Research, a market-analysis firm, reckons Amazon will sell 3.5 million Kindles in the United States this year, bringing its total number in U.S. readers' hands to 6 million by the end of 2010.
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    ScienceBlogs, PepsiGate, and Institutional Content

    Popular Web outlet ScienceBlogs is still trying to recover from a botched corporate sponsorship with Pepsi. But while its bloggers slowly return to work, ScienceBlogs is also expanding a noncommercial deal with academic institutes that raises questions about what "editorial integrity" really means.
  • How Cleaner Stoves Could Combat Global Warming

    When it comes to fighting global warming, much of the world’s attention has focused on ways to eliminate coal-fired power plants, promote electric vehicles, and build wind farms. But what if there were something far simpler and more low-tech that would have the same benefit as taking more than half the cars in the United States off the road?
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    Scientists Try to Stop Iffy BP Oil-Spill Cleanup

    Now that the well appears to be capped, scientists are calling for an end to the knee-jerk and unscientific engineering projects designed to protect the wetlands. Rather than keep the coastline safe, the experts argued in an impassioned letter to Ret. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, these projects could change the ecology of the coastlines for good.
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    The Trouble With Using Undergrads for Research

    Where would psychology be without lab rats—by which I mean American undergraduates? These human guinea pigs have spent hours in psych labs staring at optical illusions to reveal how the human visual system is wired.
  • Three Big Medical News Items You Shouldn't Miss

    A slew of important medical developments includes a report that adult stem cells have memories, the advent of a vaginal gel that reduces the risk of HIV infection among women, and a change in guidelines that may lead to a decrease in the number of births by Caesarean section.
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    Lose Weight, Earn Money?

    Paying people to lose weight, quit smoking, or abandon drugs has shown promising, if mixed, results. Can employers harness the power of these financial incentives to lower insurance costs?
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    What’s Your Pooch Thinking?

    With pet ownership at an all-time high, and spending on animals increasing steadily despite a recession, the progression from providing our family pets a comfortable goose-down feather bed to wanting to know what is going on in their little heads seems natural.
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    Avoiding Breast-Cancer Mistakes

    Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the precursor to breast cancer, is identified much more often today, thanks to advances in imaging technology. But getting this diagnosis exactly right remains difficult.
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    What It Will Take to Keep the Well Capped

    BP has capped the leak, but troubling evidence has emerged that the cap might actually make the situation worse. The oil giant will have to keep a close eye on developments.
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    Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

    Face the fact: the fish are dying. Half popular history, half environmental manifesto, Paul Greenberg’s book exposes the dire straits of our favorite seafood. Solving the problem means more than just skipping the tuna sashimi. It’s going to take big politics, smart ocean management, and plain old restraint (no!) to forestall a tragedy of the commons.
  • Massachusetts Offers Preview of Obamacare

    If you want a preview of President Obama's health-care "reform," take a look at Massachusetts. In 2006, it enacted a "reform" that became a model for Obama. What's happened since isn't encouraging. The state did the easy part: expanding state-subsidized insurance coverage. It evaded the hard part: controlling costs and ensuring that spending improves people's health.
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    Fashionably Dangerous

    Corsets, cage crinoline petticoats, and foot binding have gone out of vogue, but some of the latest fashion trends are just as bad—if not worse—for your health. Here’s what you should know about the risks associated with everything from skinny jeans to the Brazilian wax.
  • Feds Losing Fight Against Artifact Theft

    Artifact theft is usually associated with developing or war-torn countries (think Iraq after the U.S. invasion). But in recent years America’s own ancient sites have become a target, with looters pilfering Native American bones, jewelry, and even pictographs hacked out of cave walls, and selling them in thriving online markets.
  • A Health-Care Showdown in Massachusetts

    Under President Obama’s new health-care law, regulators gained a radical power: the ability to define “unreasonable” premiums and reject them on state-level insurance exchanges. Because more than 24 million people nationwide are expected to depend on these markets for coverage by the end of the decade, Obama recently gave states $250 million to beef up their review efforts ahead of 2014, when the law goes into effect.
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    Apple’s Rotten Response

    I wonder if panic has started to set in at Apple yet. If not, it should. Because today’s hastily called news conference—ostensibly to discuss problems with iPhone 4 and how Apple intends to fix them—only did further damage to Apple’s reputation.
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    The Flying Prius

    The future of the passenger jet may look surprisingly like a larger version of the hybrid automobile.
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    'Pornland': How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality

    Pornographers are no longer in the business of making love, says Gail Dines. Now they’re making hate. With more than 370 million Internet sites, it takes something pretty shocking to stand out. The result? Dines argues that “gonzo porn,” which is extreme, is graphic, and was once relegated to the fringes, is now mainstream. And it’s undermining the ways men and women approach sex.
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    In Apple's iPhone 4 Blunder, Form Trumped Function

    Steve Jobs is not an engineer, but he likes to think of himself as a world-class design guru. He believes he is not creating products but art. This is partly why Apple puts so much emphasis on the way things look. But this time around, I think Jobs got seduced by what seemed to be a really cool and clever design, and his engineers couldn’t talk him out of it.
  • Information Overload: Can Patients Decipher the Available Health-Care Data?

    A new Web site from the Obama administration offers valuable data on insurers and hospitals, but much of it may be confusing and overwhelming to average consumers. And the one category that may mean the most to them—patient satisfaction—is not always a good indicator of how well a hospital treats illnesses.
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    Microsoft's Bold Bid to Fix Health Care

    The more you look at the problems involved in overhauling our health-care system, the more hopeless they seem. But that is exactly what made Peter Neupert, a Microsoft millionaire and dotcom entrepreneur, want to try. “It is completely overwhelming,” he says.
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    Is Sitting While Autistic a Crime?

    Autism is a diverse condition, but one characterized by behaviors that can be misinterpreted as unusual and even disrespectful by law-enforcement officers trained to seek out those acting suspiciously. One activist is educating police so they can better serve citizens on the spectrum.
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    The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years

    Malaria kills a million people a year, most of them kids and pregnant women. Why can’t we stop it? Here are some surprising conclusions—including pointed criticisms of current relief efforts as “quick fixes.” Plus, like the best infectious-disease lit, it’s a real creepfest.
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    Should the Pill Be Sold Over the Counter?

    The momentum created by emergency contraception’s over-the-counter status, health-care reform, and a mounting body of research on the safety of the birth-control pill may lead to big changes in access to it. Advocates think the pill could be available over the counter in five years, and their work offers a glimpse into what the future of American health care and medication might look like.
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    The Little Flaw in the Longevity-Gene Study That Could Be a Big Problem

    Remember that study in the journal Science from last week linking a whole bunch of genes—including unexpectedly powerful ones—to extreme old age in centenarians? NEWSWEEK reported that some of outside experts thought it sounded too good to be true, perhaps because of an error in the way the genes were identified that could cause false-positive results.
  • Cloud-Based E-mail Is a New Tech Battleground

    Cloud computing is the hot new buzzword in tech these days. But who knew the killer app for this brave new world would be plain old e-mail? Yet that is exactly what’s happening. “E-mail has become the easiest workload for customers to move to the cloud,” says Chris Capossela, a senior vice president at Microsoft.
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    British Scientists Cleared of 'Climategate'

    A third inquiry into the "climategate" e-mails—documents from a climate-research center that skeptics claimed proved global warming was a hoax—has cleared the scientists of any wrongdoing. But what exactly was the scandal?
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    How Intestinal Bacteria May Make You Fat

    A growing body of evidence suggests that it’s bacteria, not burgers, that might ultimately lead to obesity. But what does that mean for a nation battling an obesity crisis?
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    The Anti-Lesbian Drug

    Genetic engineers, move over: the latest scheme for creating children to a parent's specifications requires no DNA tinkering, but merely giving mom a steroid while she's pregnant, and presto--no chance that her daughters will be lesbians or (worse?) 'uppity.'
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    Apple's Fix for iPhone Woes

    Eight days after CEO Steve Jobs told a customer that it was a “nonissue,” Apple Inc. published a letter to iPhone 4 owners on its Web site acknowledging reception problems on its new models. But the company framed the issue as a matter of how signal strength is displayed, not poor design.
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    What We Can Learn From Mobile Health Care

    This RV could change the face of health care in America and solve one of the most pressing problems facing the new health-care-reform law: how to expand access while controlling costs.
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    Parents Oblivious to Overweight Kids

    As obesity rates hit record levels, a new study finds that many adults don’t recognize weight problems in their children. The consequences, for families and the country, can be severe.
  • Google News Adds Features to Customize Your News

    Yesterday afternoon, between celebrating the first Social Media Day and Amazon’s interesting purchase of Woot, Google launched several new features on its Google News aggregation page—the site's first major redesign since its 2002 launch.   ...