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  • Q&A: Professor of Internet Law Jonathan Zittrain

    Google and Verizon shook up the tech world last week when they issued a set of proposals about net neutrality. Critics declared that Google, long a proponent of net neutrality, had sold out its principles, and that, as a result, the open Internet that we enjoy today would soon be a thing of the past. We asked Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of Internet law at Harvard Law School and co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, what he thinks of the proposal. He wrote us answers via email....
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    Why the Google-Verizon Deal Won't Kill You

    People who write about technology love to huff and puff and hyperbolize. The fate of the entire world seems to hang on every move made by Microsoft, or Google, or Apple. Every new smart phone gets billed as a potential “iPhone killer,” while every new product from Apple represents the dawn of a new era. It’s ridiculous—and exhausting.
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    Lost in Electronica

    Can trout be bored? Can dolphins or apes? Are they neurologically complex enough to experience boredom? What might boredom mean to such creatures? Humanity can boast that it is capable of boredom, but there may now be an unhealthy scarcity of that particular brain pain.
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    A Prescription for Ruin

    I’ve got some good news for deficit hawks: earlier this year, Congress passed legislation reducing the deficit by about $125 billion over the next 10 years. But, as they say on the infomercials, that’s not all! The bill cuts the deficit by $1.3 trillion in the second decade. That more than pays for every dollar we’ve spent on stimulus since 2008. The bill also sets up a new—and actually credible—system to keep Medicare’s costs under control.
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    Overcoming Four Big Health Fears

    Even those who have access to health care don't always benefit from it, because at times dread and unease prevent people from seeking important medical attention. With all the talk in the media and information on the Internet about disease and health risks, it's hard not to be anxious about staying healthy. We've rounded up some common fears, along with remedies to allay them so your next visit to the dentist or doctor can be safer and more comfortable.
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    DVF's New Hospital Gowns

    Hospital gowns have been the, um, butt of jokes over the years. Not only are they undignified for patients, they also don't always give doctors the best access. The Cleveland Clinic recently teamed up with famed designer von Furstenberg to change that.
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    The American Cancer Society's Misleading New Ads

    The American Cancer Society has just launched a new nationwide print and online ad campaign to raise funds for a program that screens disadvantaged women for breast and cervical cancer. This does not sound controversial until you look at one of the ads.
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    A Is for Apple

    Food insecurity goes hand in hand with "food deserts"—neighborhoods that don’t have good access to grocery stores. Here's how "Sesame Street" is trying to deal with that issue.
  • Food Insecurity Rising in America

    Food insecurity is on the rise. In 2008, 14.6 percent of U.S. households fell into the food-insecure category at some point during the year—the highest rate since the Department of Agriculture started recording stats in 1995. At the same time, legislation to improve childhood nutrition is now making its way through Congress.
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    Flipboard Turns Twitter Into Your Own Magazine

    Things have been pretty wild around the headquarters of Flipboard lately. This tiny company (19 employees) launched its first iPad app in July, and so many people wanted to download it that within 20 minutes Flipboard’s servers were maxed out. Engineers scurried around trying to fix the problem, but after 36 hours, the only thing Flipboard could do was put people on a waiting list.
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    DNA Dilemma, Day Five: Time to Decide

    After a week of soliciting experts, NEWSWEEK's Mary Carmichael is ready to decide whether or not she wants to take an at-home genetic test. Or is she?
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    Why Evolution May Favor Irrationality

    The fact that humans are subject to all these failures of rational thought seems to make no sense. Reason is supposed to be the highest achievement of the human mind, and the route to knowledge and wise decisions. But as psychologists have been documenting since the 1960s, humans are really, really bad at reasoning.
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    Some Pharmaceutical Clinical Trial Results Are Buried, Study Shows

    Investors interested in pharma stocks and patients eager to know if an experimental drug works have one thing in common: they devour stories reporting the results of clinical trials, which assess whether a new drug is safe and effective. Now it turns out they have something else in common: they’re not getting the whole story.
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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?