America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled today. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a partial win for cigarette makers in the long-running legal fight that began in the Clinton administration in 1999.
Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the U.S. that say where the animals were...
You can’t take samples of dirt or water, or even take a picture, on open land under a new...
An independent panel of experts said Monday that "deep and substantial" change is needed at the World Health Organization following its slow response to early warnings about West Africa's Ebola outbreak. After studying what went wrong, the panel said it's still not clear why the global body took so long to heed warnings.
Dying patients sometimes seek emergency access to experimental medicines, desperate for a last-chance treatment even if there's little proof it could help. Now, drug giant Johnson & Johnson is taking an unusual step, turning to independent bioethicists for advice on when to say yes or no.
Poaching has reached a fever pitch not seen since the 1980s. Studies recently have shown that as many as a fifth of the elephants of Africa were killed in a three-year period, and other exotic species are being killed for use as medicines and trophies. The Kenyan government is unveiling a new weapon to fight against illegal hunters and wildlife criminals, they have now announced.
Google wants the wireless services that connect mobile devices to digital content to be cheaper and more reliable. Enter "Project Fi," the Internet company's recently launched attempt to usher in new ways to keep smartphones online while lowering the cost for streaming video, listening to music, getting directions and searching for information.
A “secret shopper” study employed a 10-state telephone survey in which callers posed as uninsured patients seeking appointments from November 2012 to March 2013. The callers told doctors’ offices they were not covered only after they were offered an appointment. The cost on average was $160, and ranged from $128 in Pennsylvania to $188 in Oregon.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for a little harmony over rules used to enforce a ban on ivory that ended up snagging a pair of teenage bagpipers at the Canadian border. In August, the teens were returning from a competition in Canada when their pipes were taken because they contained small pieces of ivory.
Chipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food, making it the first national fast-food chain to do so. The Denver-based chain had already been using mostly non-GMO ingredients, but was working on making final changes to its tortillas.
Starbucks says it will now cover four years of tuition reimbursement for workers to earn an online undergraduate degree from Arizona State Univ., instead of just two years. McDonald's Corp. also announced it was expanding a college tuition assistance program to workers at all its U.S. stores.
Repeated natural-gas accidents— including a 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people— suggest that California's largest power utility could be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.
During the U.S.’ widespread drought, officials are struggling to finish large-scale water projects while populations are growing, drinking water resources are dwindling and federal dollars are diminishing. The federal government is responsible for paying about $3 billion for rural water projects around the country. The amount represents a fraction of the more than $600 billion needed to address the nation's water and wastewater needs.
A newly discovered cache of industry documents reveals that the sugar industry worked closely with the NIH in the 1960s and '70s to develop a federal research program focused on approaches other than sugar reduction to prevent tooth decay in American children.
Pittcon 2015 kicked off in a sunny New Orleans yesterday, Sunday, March 8, with opening comments and welcome from Charles Holifeld, the Pittcon 2015 President. The first act of the night was to award this year’s Pittcon Heritage Award. This year’s recipient was A. Blaine Bowman.
A startup named Wecyclers deploys a fleet of cargo bikes to collect recyclables from houses in poor areas of Lagos in return for rewards. Launched in 2012, the startup has collected more than 600 tons of recyclables, with more than 6,500 households signed on to its program.
Drugmaker Merck & Co. has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to be made and sold inexpensively for use in young children in poor countries hard hit by the AIDS virus. The deal, announced today, lets any generic or brand name drug manufacturer make low-cost pediatric versions of Merck's raltegravir for sale in 92 low- and middle-income countries.
A discrepancy exists between the ethical standard codified in the pharmaceutical industry Codes of Practice and the actual conduct of the pharmaceutical industry, at least in the UK and Sweden.
Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife. The world's biggest online social network said today that it will now let users pick someone who can manage their account after they die. Previously, the accounts were "memorialized" after death, or locked so that no one could log in.
Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California. The tech company will be the biggest single consumer of energy from the new solar facility.
The news that Google is to get into the ride-hailing scene– the same taxis-that-aren’t-taxis business pioneered by Uber– may have come as a surprise to some. We can speculate that it may even have come as a surprise to some at Uber that Google is to become a competitor, considering Google’s chief legal officer sits on Uber’s board, and Google has invested hundreds of millions in the startup.
From food safety to tobacco and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled FDA, an agency that had often been seen as ineffective. After nearly six years on the job, Hamburg announced her resignation today in an email to staff. She said the agency's chief scientist, Stephen Ostroff, will serve as acting commissioner.
Come February 17, Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. will be the new CEO of the American Chemical Society (ACS), taking over for Madeleine Jacobs, who is retiring after 11 years as CEO and a total of 24 years with ACS. Connelly comes to ACS after a 36-year career with DuPont, retiring from his latest position as executive vice president and chief innovation officer at the end of 2014.
Smartwatches don't have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night. If the watches aren't attractive, the market won't grow beyond a small niche of users.
Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, a Kansas town of roughly 3,900 people. The town is the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery that was funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high-profile flops like Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy and led to hearings over the Obama administration's backing of unproven green energy projects.
John Day, a town of 1,700, nearly died two years ago. Its lifeblood, the sawmill, was about to close. But the mill and the town's economy were rescued by a detente between the timber industry and environmentalists— foes since the battles over logging that erupted in the Pacific Northwest three decades ago.
An Indonesian helicopter searching for the missing AirAsia jetliner saw two oily spots in the water Monday, and an Australian search plane spotted objects elsewhere in the Java Sea, but it is too early to know whether either was connected to the aircraft and its 162 passengers and crew.
The drugmaker Merck & Co. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.
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