Opinion

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Audiences test positive for "Contagion"

Outside of zombie fiction, viral outbreaks are a theme rarely explored in film. "Contagion" changed that, and director Roland Emmerich ought to take a few steps back - because this is the precursor to the next generation of disaster films.

The horror in Guatemala

We today should be as angry and indignant as if this had happened yesterday; if we are not, it could happen again.

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Drug industry sells misleading ads - to doctors

82 percent of the ads placed by drug companies in medical journals violate the Food and Drug Administration's regulations on truthfulness and risk disclosure.

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The Beer Evolution: New yeast discovered in Patagonian forest

Beer has a history of working-class identity and is now experiencing a revolution of its own, on the microbiological level.

Major food companies promote childhood obesity

Governments should ban all advertising of unhealthy food aimed at children and indeed ban the production and sale of such foods entirely.

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Robotics: a dilemma for workers today

What happens when a robot takes a job away from a living person? Can anything good come of this?

Higher health spending means healthy people

Some things that just seem obvious are often denied for devious political or personal reasons.

Waiter, there's a newfangled technology in my soup

The unregulated nanotech industry is spreading through the U.S. food system.

Socialist U.S.? Science says it can happen

A tiny minority can, by sticking to its principles, get the vast majority to come around to its way of thinking.

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"Project Nim": Gripping film poses tough questions

Project Nim takes the viewer on a journey through the life of Nim Chimpsky, with a less than stellar outcome for science and, sadly, for Nim.

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