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    Steve Jobs's Strange Defense of Foxconn

    Thirteen workers have committed suicide, or tried, this year—half of that number in May—at a factory that makes shiny products for Apple. But Apple's CEO/talisman told the All Things Digital Conference that all is well because they have "restaurants and movie theaters and hospitals and swimming pools. For a factory, it's pretty nice."
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    What Scientists Can Learn From 'Nothing'

    Neuroscience is having its dark-energy moment, feeling as chagrined as astronomers who belatedly realized that the cosmos is awash in more invisible matter and mysterious ("dark") energy than make up the atoms in all the stars, planets, nebulae, and galaxies.
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    Nathan Myhrvold on the Future of Energy

    A founder of Intellectual Ventures, a scientific think tank working on solutions to the world’s thorniest problems—including global warming. Fareed Zakaria spoke with him about alternative energy and geoengineering.
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    Why Don't Fetal Ultrasounds Prevent Abortion? The Answer Depends on Your Politics.

    Today, The New York Times looked at the increasing popularity of fetal ultrasounds as a regulation for women seeking abortion. As NEWSWEEK noted in 2009, these laws—which are seen by anti-abortion proponents as a way to restrict abortion—have "been their most popular tactic and [have] been on an upswing in recent years." But the article points out that as a restrictive measure, fetal ultrasounds may miss the mark.
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    Why Wasn’t There a Better Plan?

    By law, BP was required to plan for the worst-case scenario if it wanted to drill the gulf. But the report that it filed—and that the government approved—is alarmingly short on solutions.
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    Could China Suicides Hurt Apple's Image?

    The spate of troubling suicides at Foxconn Technology Group, a major Chinese manufacturer of consumer electronics, presents a problem for companies like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell—and their gleaming, precision-engineered reputations.
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    Tylenol, Former PR Pros, May Face Criminal Charges for Recalled Meds

    Oops, looks like we’re going to need a new example of good corporate public relations. The FDA has referred McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the division of Johnson & Johnson that makes Tylenol, to its crime division for allegedly playing fast and loose with quality control. In congressional hearings held this morning, Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein revealed that the FDA had “growing concerns about the quality of the company’s manufacturing process.” Sharfstein’s strong words come just a month after McNeil recalled millions of bottles of children’s and infants’ medicines, including Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl. According to a company press release, the reason for the largest medicine recall in American history is that “Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles. While the...
  • Microsoft Running Out of Excuses

    I’m wondering what excuses Microsoft will invent to explain away the fact that Apple has now surpassed Microsoft in terms of market value. The unofficial version from Microsoft, delivered over the past few years in off-the-record conversations, has basically boiled down to the notion that investors are fickle creatures who are so swept up in Apple’s hype and hysteria that they fail to see how great Microsoft still is.
  • Who Said Facebook Owes You Privacy?

    Am I the only one that sees the irony in quitting Facebook because you feel your privacy is being violated? You signed up for it. It's a free service and you volunteered to use it. You can always sign off.
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    Facebook: Friend, Foe, or Frenemy?

    Mark Zuckerberg and company may be technological whizzes, says Dan Lyons. But they’ve got a lot to learn about customer and public relations.
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    Politicians Really Are Prone to Hypocrisy

    Could the seemingly inexhaustible supply of high-profile hypocrites reflect the fact that the media covers the Richard Blumenthals of the world and not your philandering, church-deacon neighbor? In a word, no. They are worse than the rest of us.
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    How 9/11 Affected Birthrate

    Scientists have long known that stress can depress the male-to-female birth ratio, but the study in BMC Public Health zones in on miscarriage, rather than several other potential factors, as the culprit for the 9/11 drop. To make the analysis, researchers compiled data on fetal death from 1996 to 2002, for a total of some 156,000 fetal deaths of both genders. in September 2001, the rate of male fetal deaths increased by 12 percent over September 2000.
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    A Doctor on Why She Left Pediatrics

    It’s been more than 11 years since I last stepped into my office as Dr. Li, the pediatrician. After 10 years in private practice I decided to say goodbye to the profession I had been preparing for my whole life. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave.
  • 'Autism Doctor' Loses His Medical License

    Andrew Wakefield, the sham scientist whose now-retracted 1998 paper led millions of parents to believe in a link between autism and the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine, has just lost his license to practice medicine in Britain. This sounds like an important development, but Wakefield doesn't think so. On the "Today Show" this morning, he described it as "a little bump in the road." ...
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    The Twitter Universe

    Today in infographics that are cool but really far too big for your monitor: From IA, the 140 most influential people on Twitter, sorted by name, handle, category, influence and activity (via Mashable)
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    Who Needs Friends Like Facebook?

    Facebook's current troubles began in April, when it rolled out new rules that push members to share more information about themselves. Facebook also said it would start sharing info with some partners like Yelp, Pandora, and Microsoft. Tech pundits howled. Some vowed to quit Facebook. Government officials in Europe, Canada, and the United States threatened to take action.
  • Bigger, Stronger, Faster: Doping, Training, and Human Evolution, and How Sports Change as Players Get Huge

    Floyd Landis's admission that he did indeed take performance-enhancing drugs is one of the least shocking sports headlines in recent memory. In fact, the idea that doping scandals are still making news might be more surprising: illegal drug use exists in all major sports. It's a vicious cycle: players get bigger as the sport evolves, others feel the need to take performance-enhancing drugs to compete, and they get even bigger as a result. The good news: doping is down, according to David Baron, professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral science at Temple University School of Medicine and Hospital. During this year's Olympics, where he helped coordinate the drug screening, no athletes tested dirty. "I don’t think we learned to be better cheaters," he says. "The culture is there are other things we can do: you can get fairly close [to the effects of steroids without the side effects] with high-end training techniques available now that didn’t exist." ...
  • EXCLUSIVE: One Of The Heroes Behind the MetaFilter Human-Trafficking Rescue Speaks Out

    Late Wednesday night, Kathrine Gutierrez Hinds, 24, came across a frightening story—unfolding in real time on an online message board—about two young Russian women who, by the looks of it, were about to unwittingly become hostesses at a seedy nightclub. Now, less than 48 hours later, they are sleeping in her Chelsea apartment in Manhattan, and she is trying to keep them safe while helping them figure out their next move. In an exclusive interview with NEWSWEEK, she tells her story, which, unfortunately, isn’t over yet. ...
  • Pakistan to the Internets: Shut Up!

    What happens when the president of Pakistan awkwardly interrupts a stump speech to lean to the side of his podium and sneer "Shut up" at a group of noisy spectators below? The Internet happens, of course; every smart-ass with a Youtube account promptly gets to work setting Zardari's deliciously unfortunate gaffe to pop music, in loop. But then Pakistan's government happens right back,  shutting down the entire video-sharing site for hours to keep news of the gaffe from spreading. ...
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    The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

    Did you see that gorilla just run by? Probably not. Expanding on a psychological experiment that garnered some very surprising results, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons challenge the confidence you have about how well you observe the world around you, and how you see yourself.
  • Does It Work? Kevin Costner's Oil-Cleaning Machine

    Kevin Costner has a machine that he says could help clean up the massive oil slick from the ongoing spill in the gulf. Developed with the help of his scientist brother, Dan Costner, the device uses centrifugal force to separate oil from water. It draws in an oil-water mixture at up to 200 gallons per minute, and spits out separate streams of oil and water from the other end. Kevin Costner has reportedly spent millions on the device over the years and believes that he has finally found a use for it. BP officials say the company plans to test some of Costner's machines in the coming days. ...
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    Sayonara, iPhone: Why I'm Switching to Android

    I was already fed up with my lousy AT&T service, and was seriously considering switching to the HTC Incredible, an Android-powered phone that runs on the Verizon network. But then, after seeing Google's new mobile-phone software, I've made up my mind. Goodbye, Apple. I'm ditching my iPhone. Seriously, I'm gone.
  • Autism Doesn't Necessarily Lead to Divorce, But What Does?

    Marriage, as everyone knows, is hard work. And couples who face undue stress—a lost job, a foreclosed home, the death of a child—have an even harder time staying together. That's what make the results a new study of parents with autistic children so interesting. There's long been a statistic that's floated around the autistic community: parents whose children are diagnosed are 80 percent more likely to get divorced. "You can imagine the impact of getting a diagnosis of autism, and immediately following that getting a diagnosis of divorce," says Brian Freedman, Ph.D.,  who wanted to find out if such a dire prognosis was true....