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What will it take to get you to stop smoking? How about cold, hard cash?

Seventy percent of smokers in the U.S. say they want to quit, but studies show that only 2 percent to 3 percent manage to kick the habit each year. Incentives for quitting—avoiding potentially deadly lung cancer and premature wrinkling, saving thousands of dollars annually (in money spent on cigarettes and medical bills stemming from health-related ills), and perhaps even becoming president of the United States—are just not enough, it seems...

February 11, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

An Australian city named for Darwin is already celebrating his birthday

If you can’t wait until tomorrow to celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, just call someone in Darwin, Australia. That northern Australian city, nine and a half hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time – near Darwin’s birthplace of Shrewsbury, England – has already begun celebrating the 200th birthday of its namesake...

February 11, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Seeing the World in Half-View

Victims of a disorder called neglect just don't get the whole picture

February 11, 2009 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Darwin

The evolution of the most powerful idea in science, originated by a man who was born in Shrewsbury, England, on February 12, 1809. Here's how Darwin's theory survives, thrives and reshapes the world...

February 11, 2009

New test for mitochondrial disease

Researchers may have discovered a new way to monitor mitochondrial diseases, a spectrum of disorders caused by genetic errors in mitochondria, the fuel-burning factories within cells that produce energy necessary for life...

February 11, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Darwin Speaks: "How faithlessness stalked me"

An "interview" with Charles Darwin in which he describes how he became a student of nature, his initiation into the theory of evolution, and his religious scruples. It seemed he knew the trouble he was getting into...

February 11, 2009

Army anthrax lab suspends research to inventory its germs

The U.S. Army has halted research on most germs at the same biodefense lab fingered as the source of the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings, after discovering that some of the pathogens stored in its refrigerators and freezers aren’t listed in its database...

February 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Providing Psychotherapy for the Poor

Innovative counseling programs in developing countries are repairing the psyches of civil war survivors and depressed mothers alike

February 10, 2009 — Mason Inman

Humidity Helps Fight Flu

In a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that high absolute humidity can help kill flu virus particles in a given environment. Adam Hinterthuer reports...

February 10, 2009
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