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Diet drugs vs. Healthier lifestyle

As expected, the FDA recently announced approval of a second drug for obesity within a month, Vivus’ Qnexa, now renamed Qsymia. This approval is less of a surprise, as the data appeared somewhat stronger than that for Arena’s lorcaserin (Belviq)...

August 3, 2012 — Judy Stone

Plenty of Fish in the Sea?

In 2010, people across the globe munched their way through 128 million tons of seafood. That's according to the latest data coming out of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)...

August 3, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Khalil s Picks (3 August 2012)

This week’s picks includes the science of sand castles, the 95% of the universe that we invented, understanding the origins of life by recreating it and much much more (two pieces about viruses for instance—yes, microbio people, rejoice)...

STAFFAugust 3, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

Accuracy of Medical Information on the Internet

"We can just Google it!" is becoming our standard response to unanswered questions in life. Whether we are looking for the title of an irritating 80s song, a restaurant serving authentic Icelandic food or the quickest bus route to the Star Trek convention, the Internet usually offers the long-sought answers...

August 2, 2012 — Jalees Rehman

How to Eat Like a Chimpanzee

In conversation we say someone is haunted by the past. Evolutionarily we are all haunted by many pasts, pasts buried in each of our cells, organs or actions.

August 2, 2012 — Rob Dunn

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - pure water, science career trajectories, origin of life, fish melanoma, synthetic biology, and more.

- Kelly Izlar - The Purest of Them All - Rebecca Wragg Sykes - Re-igniting the fire: challenge and chance in science career trajectories - Christie Wilcox - Fish with Melanoma – Our Enduring Environmental Legacy - Ashutosh Jogalekar - The beginnings of life: Chemistry’s grand question - Dawn Santoianni - Guest Post: Innovation Cleans Up Waste-to-Energy - Christina Agapakis - Timelines, roadmaps, and tools: navigating the futures of synthetic biology - John R...

STAFFAugust 2, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Medical Technology Donations Often Fail to Help

In the U.S. it can be difficult to avoid getting an MRI, laboratory analysis or at least an X-ray in any given year. But in poor areas, medical technologies—from expensive screening machines to simple devices—are often as rare as specialists who know how to work them...

August 1, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

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