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Obama orders review of government cyber security

Pres. Obama yesterday ordered a 60-day review of federal government programs designed to protect online info, including tax records, social security numbers, passport info and classified documents...

February 10, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Army anthrax lab suspends research to inventory its germs

The U.S. Army has halted research on most germs at the same biodefense lab fingered as the source of the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings, after discovering that some of the pathogens stored in its refrigerators and freezers aren’t listed in its database...

February 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Statins cut the risk of dying--Even if you don't have heart disease

Cholesterol-lowering statins are the best-selling class of drugs in the country. But as their pool of takers has expanded, critics have complained that the meds, while effective in reducing heart attacks and strokes, haven’t been proved to save lives. 

But new research, published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine , indicates that statins do, in fact, reduce the risk of dying for both people with heart disease and for those who are taking the drugs because their cholesterol is elevated...

February 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Marijuana might lead to increased risk of testicular cancer

Fellas, you might want to think, well, twice about following Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps' lead. A study published today in the journal Cancer linked frequent marijuana use to the possibility of a slim increased risk of testicular cancer...

February 9, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

The future of fossil fuels: Microbe power, aka black biotech?

If you follow biotechnology at all, you probably know that there is red biotech for medical applications (example: using bacteria to produce drugs); white biotech for industrial applications (example: using microbes instead of chemicals); and green biotech for agriculture (example: using genetically modified crops.)

So it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a term for using biotechnology to come up with new fuel sources...

February 9, 2009 — David Biello

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