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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.