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U.S. wireless-only use rising, complicating government health surveying

We've heard a lot about the potentially negative health effects of cell phones — that using them may or may not raise the risk of brain tumors, cause head pain and increase our chances of getting run over — and now it turns out that their ubiquity is causing problems for government scientists whose mission is to track the nation's wellbeing...

March 11, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Gay ducks derail repopulation plan

Why are all the good blue ducks gay?

That's what Cherry, the last remaining lass of her kind in England, may be asking herself after two male prospects that might have helped her perpetuate the species fell for one another instead of for her...

March 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Hamburg and Sharfstein to take top FDA spots?

Could President Obama's reported leading contenders to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) both end up on the job? Word is that former New York City Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will get the top spot, with Baltimore Health Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein serving as her deputy, according to the RPM Report , a healthcare trade publication...

March 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Obama ends embryonic stem cell research ban

President Obama today lifted an eight-year-old ban on embryonic stem cell research, signing an executive order that he called "an important step in advancing the cause of science in America."

"We will vigorously support scientists who pursue this research," Obama said at a signing ceremony in the White House...

March 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite

What's "surprising" about HIV in 50-somethings?

The amount of HIV infection among people over 50 is “surprisingly high,” World Health Organization (WHO) officials say, and despite much speculation about why, there’s little definitive information that might shed light on the trend...

March 3, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Confirmation of top U.S. science adviser picks on hold

Senate confirmation of two of President Obama's science appointees —John Holdren to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Jane Lubchenco to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — is on hold because of political maneuvering on an unrelated issue...

March 3, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Chase terrorists the green way: 24 TV series going carbon neutral

Actor Kiefer Sutherland is fighting imaginary terrorists the green way. Producers of 24 , the FOX drama that chronicles Sutherland's Agent Jack Bauer as he races to capture crooks over a nail-biting 24-hour period, are buying carbon offsets to compensate for the global warming emissions they're releasing with every car crash and explosion...

March 3, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Meet H. psychedelica, a new species of fish

We wouldn’t mind swimmin' with these fishes.

Check out Histiophryne psychedelica , a new species named for its crazy tan and peach stripes, and lackadaisical style of getting around the seafloor, which resembles hopping more than swimming...

February 27, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Obama to change Bush "right to conscience" rule

Reproductive rights groups are cheering President Obama's intention to rescind a "midnight regulation" issued in the waning days of the Bush administration that blocks federal funding of healthcare facilities that don’t allow their employees to bow out of medical procedures, such as abortion, to which they have moral objections...

February 27, 2009 — Jordan Lite

The body politic: Can we tell from pols' faces if they're competent?

We really do judge a book by its cover—and, it seems, the competence of politicians by their faces. What's more, adults and kids see the same competence—or, as the case may be, ineptitude—in a person's visage, which helps explain why children can accurately predict presidential elections, according to new research published today in Science ...

February 26, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Fruit fly research, maligned by Sarah Palin, bears fruit

Remember when Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin dissed research on fruit flies? Well, the little buggers—a favorite of scientists who like studying their genome and the bane of kitchens everywhere—are back in the spotlight, this time with news that technology could one day spot olives spoiled by the flies...

February 26, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Obama healthcare budget would create $634 billion fund, report says

The need to reform the U.S. healthcare system was a key theme of President Obama's address to Congress last night, and there's early word that the budget proposal he's set to release tomorrow will create a 10-year, $634 billion "reserve fund" to pay for it...

February 25, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Too much PlayStation can make your hands...lumpy

Trying to get little Johnny to tear himself away from his video game console? You might scare him into gaming abstinence with a bizarre case study that has sparked headlines like "Too much PlayStation can cause painful lumps."

That eye-catching line is from a Reuters story about an unidentified 12-year-old girl in Geneva, Switzerland, who developed what her doctors dubbed "PlayStation palmar hidradentitis" after spending heaps of time attached to the game console...

February 25, 2009 — Jordan Lite
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