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  • Cost of Long-Term Care Rises

    The costs of nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities continue to rise significantly, according to the Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs conducted by insurance provider MetLife.
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    The Biggest Questions About HRT Answered

    Almost no topic in modern medicine has been as controversial or confusing as hormone-replacement therapy. The issue got even more confusing last week thanks to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association and based on data collected for the ongoing federal Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) that found that women taking estrogen and progesterin had an increased risk of breast cancer. Here, the answers to the eight questions asked most often.
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    What Premature Births Can Teach Us About Autism

    Every year approximately 12.9 million babies are born too early. Despite a heroic, costly, and decades-long effort by doctors and scientists to understand and prevent preterm birth, that number has climbed steadily for the past three decades.
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    What the Internet Knows About You

    Imagine that a company could use the Web to rate your health, your employability—even your dating appeal. Welcome to the credit score of the future.
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    10 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

    The landscape of personal data mining and exploitation is shifting faster than ever; trying to protect your online privacy alone is like trying to build your own antivirus software—really, really difficult.
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    A Look at the Man Behind Intel

    If not for Ted Hoff’s curiosity, we’d all be using typewriters to text our BFFs. OK, not quite. But it’s hard to overstate how much Hoff’s invention changed the world, even if he downplays the impulse that led to the first mass-produced microprocessor.
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    What's Wrong With Silicon Valley Libertarianism?

    If you’ve seen "The Social Network," you may have caught a glimpse of Peter Thiel. He was the first outside investor in Facebook, putting up $500,000 to finance the site’s original expansion in 2004.
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    Qwiki: The Next Step in Search

    About 18 months ago, I took a trip to Buenos Aires. Naturally, I searched the Web for information on the city, but what I found didn’t feel natural at all. There were lists of links; spammy, dense blocks of text; and a hodgepodge of videos and advertising. It took so long to assemble key facts about the city, I almost missed my flight. Amid this frustrating experience, however, I also had a moment I’ll never forget. I realized that what the Web needs isn’t another search engine. It needs story, a quintessentially human way to experience information.
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    Toning Footwear: Sound Science or Gimmick?

    The shoe market has recently been glutted with a new wave of "toner" sneakers promising a better body simply by walking. At first blush, these new kicks seem like the most magical footwear since Dorothy's ruby slippers. But consumers are right to ask whether the shoes are based on sound science or marketing gimmickry.
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    The World's Greenest Batteries

    Today’s batteries are still expensive and puny, costing as much as a third of the car itself, with a range just adequate for an average commute in the U.S. Inside the push for battery R&D.
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    Mobile Texting Could Change Face of Philanthropy

    Two hours after January’s earthquake struck Haiti, a texting donation campaign, “Text HAITI to 90999,” was up and running. After three days the effort had raised $5 million for the Red Cross, and “Text” and “90999” were in the top-10 trending topics on Twitter. Nine months later, more than $40 million has been donated by people sending as little as $5 to $10 from their cell phones.
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    Google Has Big Plans for Your TV

    For the past few years, tech companies have been trying to find a way to bring the Internet and television together, without much success.
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    Why Masturbation Helps Procreation

    Since Christine “I’m Not a Witch” O’Donnell is campaigning for the U.S. Senate and not the directorship of the Kinsey Institute, maybe we should give her a pass when it comes to her views on sex and, specifically, masturbation. But that would be a mistake: the stakes are simply too high, going all the way up the very survival of our species. For while O’Donnell crusaded against masturbation in the mid-1990s, denouncing it as “toying” with the organs of procreation and generally undermining baby making, the facts are to the contrary.
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    Is 'Living in Sin' Still Bad for Your Marriage?

    Moving in together before marriage used to be associated with a higher risk for divorce. But now, as more unmarried couples than ever before decide to live under the same roof, do they face the same fate? Sociologists think the calculus may have changed. Part of the difference stems from just who’s deciding to shack up.
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    How Green Is the Big Apple?

    Greener than you'd think—potentially. Fully one fifth of Manhattan is yard space, according to a new study from the City University of New York, and that doesn't include parks and cemeteries.