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.
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 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.
A third inquiry into the "climategate" e-mails—documents from a climate-research center that skeptics claimed proved global warming was a hoax—has cleared the scientists of any wrongdoing. But what exactly was the scandal?
Genetic engineers, move over: the latest scheme for creating children to a parent's specifications requires no DNA tinkering, but merely giving mom a steroid while she's pregnant, and presto--no chance that her daughters will be lesbians or (worse?) 'uppity.'
Eight days after CEO Steve Jobs told a customer that it was a “nonissue,” Apple Inc. published a letter to iPhone 4 owners on its Web site acknowledging reception problems on its new models. But the company framed the issue as a matter of how signal strength is displayed, not poor design.
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.