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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?
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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.