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Can kids become addicted to video games?

Are video games as addictive and damaging to children as gambling is to adults? In a word—yes, according to a new study of nearly 1,200  children aged eight to 18 in the U.S.

April 20, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Rare discovery indicates hope for Yangtze alligators

Just 120 Yangtze alligators ( Alligator sinensis ) remain in the wild in China, making them the world's most endangered crocodilian species.

But now field researchers have higher hopes for the survival of the species, after finding that it is not only extending its habitat but also successfully breeding...

April 20, 2009 — John Platt

Obama names new chief tech officer

President Obama has tapped Aneesh Chopra to be the nation's first-ever chief technology officer. If confirmed as expected by the Senate, Chopra, 37, now Virginia's top technology official, will be tasked with stimulating U.S...

April 20, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Urine test predicts smokers' lung cancer risk

Quick to light up despite the potential risks? Take note: there may be a way to rapidly predict your chances of developing lung cancer – and provide yet more incentive to kick the habit...

April 20, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Physicist Stephen Hawking hospitalized, "very ill"

Stephen Hawking, the physicist who brought cosmology to the masses with the best-seller A Brief History of Time, is "very ill" and has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, according to the University of Cambridge...

April 20, 2009 — John Matson

Onto the Arctic sea ice?

Editor's Note: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution oceanographer and photographer Chris Linder and science writer Helen Fields are taking part in a six-week cruise of the Bering Sea, a scientific expedition to study the effects of climate change on this polar ecosystem...

April 20, 2009 — Helen Fields

New technique reveals far more silent heart attacks

Take heart: there's a new way to detect whether someone has suffered a so-called silent heart attack, one in which vessels to the ticker become blocked but there are few of the typical telltale signs such as chest pain...

April 17, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

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