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Sticker Shock in the Organic Aisles

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Rising prices for organic groceries are prompting some consumers to question their devotion to food produced without pesticides, chemical fertilizers or antibiotics.

City Room: Court Delays Posting of Calories

9 years ago from NY Times Health

A federal appeals judge delayed the enforcement of new city rules requiring calorie counts to be posted in some restaurants.

Personal Best: Cheating Starts Before the Race Does

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Why does the Boston Marathon make it so hard to enter? And how often do runners sneak in by trading or buying one another’s entries?

Citizen scientists an untapped resource

9 years ago from SciDev

Volunteer citizen scientists are an important resource — particularly for developing countries, argue Nigel Winser and Raghu Saxena.

Train experts to support development, says university dean

9 years ago from SciDev

The dean of a Dominican Republic university has called for intensification in the training of postgraduates, to aid science development.

Nature grants free access for biomedical journals

9 years ago from SciDev

More than 65 Nature biomedical journals have been made free to access for readers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Chinese scientists push for science in schools

9 years ago from SciDev

Chinese scientists have submitted a letter to the country's education authorities, calling for an increase in primary school science education.

When Language Can Hold the Answer

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Does language shape what we perceive or are our perceptions pure sensory impressions?

Port Authority Plans a Web Site to Help Offset Pollution

9 years ago from NY Times Science

The interstate agency is setting up a Web site where drivers and airline passengers can buy credits to offset carbon emissions created by the trips they take.

PETA’s Latest Tactic: $1 Million for Fake Meat

9 years ago from NY Times Science

The group is offering $1 million to the first person to create a method to produce commercially viable quantities of in vitro meat at competitive prices by 2012.

In Lean Times, Biotech Grains Are Less Taboo

9 years ago from NY Times Science

Governments, consumers and food companies are feeling pressures to relax resistance to genetically engineered crops.

Europe Turns Back to Coal, Raising Climate Fears

9 years ago from NY Times Science

European countries plan to use coal, generally the dirtiest fuel on earth, in new power plants.

Study Suggests Math Teachers Scrap Balls and Slices

9 years ago from NY Times Science

The real-world examples incorporated more and more by educators in recent years can impede math learning, an experiment found.

Insurer Says Economy Has Dented Its Prospects

9 years ago from NY Times Health

The UnitedHealth Group posted lower-than-expected first-quarter earnings and sharply reduced its outlook for 2008, saying fewer businesses and employees were signing up.

Life Expectancy Is Declining in Some Pockets of the Country

9 years ago from NY Times Health

A new study finds a growing disparity in mortality depending on race, income and geography.

Cyberfamilias: How to Live Longer Without Really Trying

9 years ago from NY Times Health

You can learn how to creatively apply the rule of longevity by using your computer.

Programs promise to end PDF paper-chase

9 years ago from News @ Nature

Software makes article control a virtual reality.

Demonstrably wrong

9 years ago from News @ Nature

Public#19;private demonstration projects are a good way to test technology in the field. But the driving force is often more political than scientific, argues David Goldston.

Colorectal cancer drug to be sold in Canada

9 years ago from CBC: Health

The company that makes the drug Erbitux, which treats colorectal, head and neck cancer, has decided to sell the drug in Canada after a two-year wrangle over price.

Manitoba university to train physician assistants

9 years ago from CBC: Health

Manitoba will become the first province in Canada to train non-military physician assistants with the launch this fall of a new program at the University of Manitoba.

Nova Scotia to fund Avastin

9 years ago from CBC: Health

The Nova Scotia government says it will pay for an expensive colorectal cancer drug that it has previously refused to cover.

Genes for blue eyes, stubbornness 'available' on Facebook

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Helping your friends grow taller or turning them into instant redheads is the latest application on Facebook, designed by an Alberta non-profit group to promote genetic research.

Alberta to debate ban on using cellphones while driving

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

For the second time in six years, the Alberta government will debate whether using hand-held cellphones while driving should be prohibited.

Coldplay to give fans free taste of new album

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Coldplay is jumping onto the free download bandwagon, for a limited time at least, to promote the first track from its upcoming new album.

Prime-time U.S. shows finally available online

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Big-time U.S. television programs are finally becoming available to Canadians online, starting with a deal announced by CTV and ABC.

Liberals called on to support net neutrality

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

The National Union of Public and General Employees, which represents 340,000 workers across Canada, is urging the Liberals to support its call for laws that will keep the internet free...

Microsoft delays Windows XP update

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Microsoft Corp. has delayed the latest upgrade to Windows XP, its older operating system, citing "compatibility issues" between the software and its point-of-sale application for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Rogers's iPhone a warning to new carriers, analysts say

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Rogers Communications has fired a warning shot at potential new wireless carriers by announcing it will offer Apple's sought-after iPhone this year.