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Nobel Laureate Somewhat Apologizes for 'Girls in Labs’ Comments

June 10, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Jill Lawless | News | Comments

A Nobel Prize-winning British scientist apologized today for saying the "trouble with girls" working in laboratories is that it leads to romantic entanglements and harms science. But Tim Hunt stood by his assertion that mixed-gender labs are "disruptive."

Universities are Becoming Multinational Corporations

June 10, 2015 9:00 am | by The Conversation, Jason Lane, Kevin Kinser, SUNY Albany | News | Comments

A growing number of colleges and universities are emerging as multinational organizations–...

Industry Claims Pools are Greener than Lawns

June 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Gillian Flaccus | News | Comments

The California swimming pool and spa industry has launched a campaign to market itself as a...

Californian Drug Disposal Law May Set New Standard

May 28, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving...

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Appeals Court Gives Tobacco Firms Partial Win

May 22, 2015 1:59 pm | by Associated Press, Sam Hananel | News | Comments

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.

WTO Says No to Country of Origin Labels on Meat

May 18, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the U.S. that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.

Home on the Range? New Wyoming Law Makes Science on Open Land Illegal

May 13, 2015 8:15 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

You can’t take samples of dirt or water, or even take a picture, on open land under a new Wyoming law. The law makes “trespassing” to collect scientific data an offense punishable by up to a year in jail and potentially thousands in fines.

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EPA Water Rules Worry Farmers

May 12, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

Government rules to clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from development and pollution are fueling political anger in the country's heartland. The rules have become a top issue of concern for many farmers and landowners who say there are already too many government regulations that affect their businesses.

Ebola Response Highlights Changes Needed at WHO

May 11, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Krista Larson | News | Comments

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.

J&J Seeks Bioethics Advice

May 7, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

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.

Lab to Fight Wildlife Crimes to be Commissioned in Kenya

May 7, 2015 11:34 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

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 Thinks Big, Starts Small with Wireless Project

May 4, 2015 4:20 pm | by Associated Press, Michael Liedtke | News | Comments

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.  

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Many Uninsured Patients Can’t Afford Primary Care

May 4, 2015 4:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

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.

Bagpipes Highlight Feds' Need to Change Ivory Rules

May 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Rik Stevens | News | Comments

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 Has Removed All GMO Ingredients

April 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Candice Choi | News | Comments

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.

Employers Widen Education Offerings

April 15, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Power Utility is Too Big to Be Safe

April 9, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Ellen Knickmeyer | News | Comments

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.

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Federal Funding to Fight Drought is Drying Up

March 30, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Susan Bryan | News | Comments

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.

Sugar Industry Played Role in ‘70s Dental Program

March 10, 2015 3:00 pm | by UC San Francisco | News | Comments

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 Award Honors Ion Chrom Pioneer

March 9, 2015 9:13 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

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.

Startup Swaps Recyclables for Rewards

March 5, 2015 3:00 pm | by MIT, Rob Matheson | News | Comments

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.

Merck Grants Free License on HIV Drug

February 24, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Linda Johnson | News | Comments

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.

Self-regulation of Pharma Industry Fails

February 18, 2015 7:00 am | by PLOS | News | Comments

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 Helps You Plan Your Afterlife Online

February 12, 2015 3:00 pm | News | Comments

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 to Start $850M Solar Project

February 11, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Brandon Bailey | News | Comments

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.  

Head of FDA to Bow Out, Scientist to Step In

February 5, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick, Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

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.

Google to Compete with Uber

February 5, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Conversation, Ola Henfridsson | News | Comments

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.

Meet the New ACS CEO: Tom Connelly

February 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Podcasts | Comments

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 Get Face Lift at CES

January 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Anick Jesdanun | News | Comments

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.

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