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. ...
Google is willing to compromise, at least a little, if that means it can stay in China. Its latest policy changes will stop automatically redirecting Google China users to the uncensored Hong Kong site in hope of appeasing the Chinese government and its strict Internet censorship laws. China will decide today whether to accept the changes and allow Google to stay.
A decade ago the idea that anyone with little technical skill could turn a cell phone into a snooping device was basically unrealistic. Now a simple app can track you with a level of precision that only federal authorities were once capable of.
What makes us human—that we can speak? Love? Build atomic bombs? How about, instead, our never-failing ability to be wrong? Schulz explores what it means to err, but here’s the twist: screwing up actually makes us better, and embracing it is the best way to get life right.
Parents need not worry that the measles, mumps, and rubella injection will increase their children’s risk of autism, but kids given a vaccine that also protects against chicken pox have a slightly higher risk of developing febrile seizures, the scary if ultimately harmless phenomenon that accompanies a bad fever.
Fetuses at 24 weeks or less do not feel pain and exist in a state of "sedation" even afterward, according to a new British report. The finding contradicts the case for Nebraska's first-in-the-nation law, introduced in April, which bans abortion after 20 weeks—and is likely to come as a blow to America's anti-abortion lobby.
This is the 15-year saga of climate-change politicking, in which Pooley makes a case for cap-and-trade. By his measure, it’s feasible, it’s efficient, and it’s the best option on the table. And, yes, it could actually work.
Any given antidepressant tends to help only about a third of patients. Now a new DNA test may be able to predict what medication will be most effective based on gene variants. Sounds promising, but does it work?
If you're in a hospital and your doctor wants to monitor you without being in the room, there's an app for that. There are also wireless pacemakers that allow doctors to keep track of your health over the Internet, as well as all types of sensors that check your vital signs and can be transmitted to a smart phone or laptop.
As expert advice becomes more and more accessible, why aren’t our lives any better? It turns out that many studies are flawed, research is contradictory, and people are greedy. Here’s how to sort the good from the bad.
As oil continues to flow from the top of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, concerns are brewing over potential leaks at the bottom—as in, below the sea floor. According to some observers, such leaks could present a new “worst-case scenario” for the disaster, which has now stretched past its second month.
When will we ever learn? Over and over, experts tell us, and the media reports, that people who engage in behavior X (let’s say it’s making paper dolls in their spare time) have a lower rate of disease Y (heart attacks, say) than people who do not make paper dolls. Inside the latest example of the problem with observational studies.
BeautifulPeople.com recently launched a fertility introduction service to help make this a better looking world. The site, with more than 600,000 members around the globe, says their virtual fertility forum will allow attractive donors to find someone who matches their “procreation interests.”
The server at Otarian, the new vegetarian fast-food chain that bills itself as “the planet’s low-carbon restaurant,” was trying to persuade a customer to try the “Choc O Treat.” “It’s sooo good, it’s chocolatey, and it comes in this pretty lavender paper!” he enthused. The Choc O Treat is not “sooo good”—it’s sooo dense, without being terribly chocolatey. But the point of Otarian isn’t really the food. It’s the wrapping.
We want a good long life. We also want a good quality of life. It’s hard to see how members of our species could have both for very long, especially as the number of living humans increases on a planet with finite resources.
Once, turning 50 meant a new kind of freedom: kids grown, finances secure, and time freed. But now many adults find themselves responsible for an elderly parent. Unprepared, unsupported, and undervalued, how can caregivers keep it together? Gail Sheehy investigates.
How much sleep is enough? Is how sleepy you feel a good judge of whether or not you are getting enough sleep? If you get less sleep than some ideal amount but you feel fine, could you be damaging your health anyway? As it turns out, a restless night doesn’t just leave you sluggish. Not getting enough sleep can have devastating effects on your heart, your weight, and your brain.
Harvard doctors know all the stats and studies about the benefits of healthy habits, but they also know that humans (including themselves) need some good old fashioned shortcuts to put those habits in actions. These doctors share their favorite tips and tricks.
Fifty is the new thirty -- but that doesn’t mean that as you age, you can live like a college kid. Follow these simple steps to help ensure that you thrive for years to come. Plus: when should women get screened for breast cancer?
When it comes to health, we’re not living in the age of Too Much Information so much as the age of Not Quite Enough. Medical science has generated vast amounts of data and laypeople have more access to it than ever before. Look closely at that data, though, and it starts to seem disturbingly incomplete. We scoured the studies to find out exactly what you need at every age.
When it comes to health, we're not living in the age of Too Much Information so much as the age of Not Quite Enough. Medical science has generated vast amounts of data and laypeople have more access to it than ever before, but look closely at that data, and it starts to seem disturbingly incomplete. We scoured the studies to find out exactly what you need at every age.
On Thursday the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs voted to recommend the approval of a drug that can prevent pregnancy if taken up to five days after unprotected sex. The Food and Drug Administration will have the final say on whether the drug will be approved but the advisory committee supported the drug, slated to be called ella, despite debates about how exactly it works.
After thousands of hours of playing videogames (and a bout with a nasty cocaine addiction), Tom Bissell wants to argue that, yes indeed, gaming is an art form. We read his book, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, so you don’t have to.
If you're familiar with the phrase, "You are what you eat", you know the first step to staying healthy is to eat the right foods and know how much is enough. Along with exercise, a healthy diet can help you lose weight, increase your stamina, ward off illness and reduce health risks. Not only will you feel more energetic, but you're also likely to avoid long stays at the hospital. Chronic illnesses result in a whopping 2.5 billion days of missed work each year, according the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and result in half of the healthcare expenditures in the U.S. Take this quiz to learn more about how you can stay healthy. To read more about staying healthy, see NEWSWEEK's "Healthy Living for Every Age".
In 1974, the Chilean government decided not to clean up an oil spill along its southern coast. The result: a natural laboratory for testing oil’s environmental impact, and valuable lessons for the fate of the gulf.
After San Diego mother Sarah McNeill researched the health properties of breast milk, she wanted those benefits for her baby. “Just because he was adopted, my little one should not have to miss out on the antibodies and the health that breast milk provides,” she said. But McNeill wasn’t producing her own milk, so two months before her adopted baby was born she began searching for an alternate supply.
In all the uproar over the Sunderland family's alleged reality-TV contract, it sometimes sounded like, in search of a quick buck, teenage sailor Abby Sunderland's parents snatched her from in front of the Xbox, threw her on a sailboat, and forced her to sail around the world.
The computer industry is undergoing one of its periodic upheavals in which an aging platform is swept away and replaced by something newer, cheaper, and better. In this case, the victim is the personal computer.
The alumni of the vast people’s University of China are typical of the post–Mao Zedong generation. Every Friday evening several hundred gather informally under the pine trees of a little square in Beijing’s Haidian district, in the so-called English Corner, to hold “English conversation.”
There's nothing hotter than a sweaty, well-muscled athlete, unless he's fresh off play at the World Cup and happens to be from Britain or Ghana. The only scoring those guys will be doing in the next month is on the field. Their countries reportedly have banned them from sex while they're playing in the tournament, for fear that they'll waste themselves on the wrong kind of action.
Fresh off sending stern letters to five consumer-genomics companies indicating that, as currently marketed, the companies’ tests will require clearance by the FDA, Alberto Gutierrez—the agency’s director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health—spoke to NEWSWEEK.
The FDA has sent letters to five personal genomics companies outlining its intentions for regulation of direct-to-consumer tests, and if 23andMe thought it was having a bad week before, it's sure not going to be happy now.
Alvin Greene, the surprise Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina, has a way with words. It’s the way, though, of Sarah Palin and George W. Bush—a tortured relationship with the English language that prevents him from making his points, and that says to voters he may not be up to the job.
A whole range of high-tech products has emerged to satisfy the hunger for greater speed. At the top of the technology food chain are altitude tents and masks, which pump oxygen-deprived air into a small space to trigger an adaptation in blood chemistry.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is desperate: millions of gallons of BP's crude are launching an amphibious assault on his beaches and wetlands. So let’s do the math: desperation + a pol’s "do something" mentality = a loony decision to build 14-foot sand berms.