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Mass Transit Encourages Exercise and Weight Loss

Scientific American Online - Fri, 2010-07-09 16:52

City planners and citizens alike frequently push for better public transportation. They argue that it can lessen traffic and reduce emissions from cars. Now there’s a new reason to be gung-ho about public transit--it helps make people skinnier. That’s according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine . [John MacDonald et al., ] [More]

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Marmot meltdown averted: Vancouver Island species on the brink of extinction regaining social bonds

Scientific American Online - Fri, 2010-07-09 16:00

Biologists in Canada are encouraged that critically endangered Vancouver Island marmots ( Marmota vancouverensis ) are once again learning how to be marmots--a tough task since the species's population had crashed so far that the animals almost lost the knowledge of how to exist as a society. [More]

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California Legislators' Effort to Prevent Student DNA Testing Could Come Too Late

Scientific American Online - Fri, 2010-07-09 15:30

State legislators have lined up a bill aimed at preventing the University of California, Berkeley, from executing a controversial program that asks new students to participate in genetic testing as part of a fall semester orientation program . But even if the bill becomes law, it will likely be too late to halt DNA collection because campus officials began mailing saliva sampling kits to about 5,500 incoming freshmen and transfer students this week and the bill cannot come up for a vote before August 2. Berkeley's fall semester begins on August 19, with welcome activities from August 23 to 27. Jasper Rine, the Berkeley biologist heading the genetic testing project, has scheduled an on-campus public lecture for September 13 to discuss the aggregated results of students' tests. [More]

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Control Group: Patients Take Biomedical Research into Their Own Hands

Scientific American Online - Fri, 2010-07-09 15:00

Cathy Wolf read the report carefully. She had every right to be skeptical--in the 13 years since her amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosis, she'd read dozens like it: Celebrex ; minocycline; vitamin D--you name it, it could slow the progress of ALS . That is until it was tested in a clinical trial. [More]

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MIND Reviews: See What I'm Saying

Scientific American Online - Fri, 2010-07-09 14:00

See What I’m Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses by Lawrence D. Rosenblum. W. W. Norton, 2010

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Amid gunfire, U.S. troops try to bring governance to Kandahar

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 13:21
KUHAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - As U.S. soldiers from Alpha Company stepped out of their outpost on a scorching July morning in Arghandab in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, an all too familiar sound rang through the air.

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Recommended: Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology

Scientific American Online - Fri, 2010-07-09 13:00

Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature’s Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology edited by Robert Allen. University of Chicago Press, 2010

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Google gets nod from China to keep search page

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 11:53
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Google Inc said China has given it permission to continue operating its Chinese search page, resolving a censorship dispute that had threatened Google's future in the world's biggest Internet market.

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Antibody finding may help in quest for AIDS vaccine

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 10:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers have discovered antibodies that can protect against a wide range of AIDS viruses and said they may be able to use them to design a vaccine against the fatal and incurable virus.

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Russia, U.S. swap 14 spies in Cold War-style exchange

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 09:51
MOSCOW/VIENNA (Reuters) - Russia and the United States conducted the biggest spy swap since the Cold War on Friday, trading agents on Vienna airport tarmac in an evocative climax to an espionage drama that had threatened improving ties.

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U.S. man in North Korean prison attempts suicide: report

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 07:52
SEOUL (Reuters) - An American being held in North Korea has attempted suicide out of frustration and guilt, the reclusive country's state media said on Friday.

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Suicide bomb kills 56 in NW Pakistan

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 07:46
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on a motorbike killed at least 56 people, including women and children, in an attack in a volatile Pashtun region on the Afghan border on Friday, officials said.

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Alzheimer's breakthrough: A chemical to make brain cells grow

Science A GoGo - Fri, 2010-07-09 06:10
"It was blind luck," say the researchers who discovered a chemical that makes new neurons grow in the part of the brain that is integral to learning and memory...
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The foolish feminist: Be careful who you call a misogynist, you misandrist

Scientific American Online - Fri, 2010-07-09 05:28

Something has me mildly riled up, a ridiculous little scandal involving the silliest accusations of sexism and secretions. So permit me today a slight diversion from the usual. If you’ve ever wondered why some feminists have earned themselves such a bad name, and are at all curious about how some intriguing new experimental research demonstrates that this negative view of feminism is more than just my personal opinion and in fact runs very deep in the modern psyche, then read on.

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U.N. response on South Korea ship raises calls for North talks

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 04:30
SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council's likely adoption of a statement on the sinking of a South Korean war on Friday without explicitly blaming the North will begin to shift focus to disarmament talks aimed at reining in Pyongyang.

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U.S. and Russia to swap spies after 10 plead guilty

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 01:51
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ten people pleaded guilty on Thursday to being agents for Russia while living undercover in the United States as part of a spy swap between the U.S. and Russian governments that revived Cold War-era intrigue.

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LeBron James joins the Heat in search of elusive title

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 01:48
NEW YORK (Reuters) - LeBron James said Thursday he is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join forces with fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at the Miami Heat next season in the hope of winning an elusive NBA championship.

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U.S. mulls response after court refuses drilling stay

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 01:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration scrambled on Friday to respond to a court's refusal to reinstate a ban on deepwater drilling imposed after BP Plc's massive oil spill, while insisting the ruling was not a major setback for the policy.

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California transit cop verdict sparks looting

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 01:26
LOS ANGELES/OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - A white former transit police officer was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in a videotaped shooting death of an unarmed black man last year in Oakland, California, sparking a wave of looting and destruction in the city on Thursday.

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U.S. eavesdropping agency says Private Citizen is purely R&D

Reuters - Fri, 2010-07-09 00:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A contract has been awarded for research to help counter computer-based threats to national-security networks, the chief U.S. code-cracking and eavesdropping agency said, amid mounting concern over cyber vulnerabilities.

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