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The Skinny on Fat: Is Obesity in Our Genes?

Researchers have identified six genes that may play a role in our appetite and, as a result, in whether we're plump or thin. They report in Nature Genetics that the genes appear to affect brain activity that controls how much we eat, indicating that obesity, at least in part, may stem from behavior passed on from one generation to the next.

December 15, 2008 — Coco Ballantyne

Free broadband plan on hold after FCC meeting is scrapped

A vote that would have decided whether U.S. Internet users would get access to free, nationwide broadband service has been put off. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) canceled a meeting scheduled for Thursday at which regulators would have decided whether the agency would auction off a spectrum of unused airwaves for the purpose of building the massive network.

December 15, 2008 — Jordan Lite

The cat that came back after 13 years dies

It was just a month ago that ScientificAmerican.com reported the happy tale of a lost cat named George that came home 13 years after rescuers traced his owners through information on a microchip in the scruff of his neck.

December 12, 2008 — Lisa Stein

Sewage Reveals Patterns of Illicit Drug Use

Is your neighborhood using? Researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Washington have devised technology that analyzes what’s been flushed down the toilet to measure how many speed freaks and coke heads you’ve got living down the street.

December 12, 2008 — Gary Stix

NASA head denies dustup with Obama team

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin yesterday denied a newspaper report that he had stonewalled members of President-elect Barack Obama's transition team seeking info on operations at his agency.

December 12, 2008 — John Matson

Major earthquake expected along tsunami's fault line

Another major earthquake along the same fault line that sparked the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is likely in the next several decades—and it could unleash as much or more destruction, new research suggests.

December 12, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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