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3:01 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

What Clementines Can Teach Surgeons

University of Michigan

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 6:20 pm

Clementines and pelvic anatomy are two things you probably wouldn't ever talk about in the same sentence, unless you're Pamela Andreatta.

Andreatta, a medical educator at the University of Michigan Medical School, knows all about how people learn. And lately, she's been spending a lot of time scrutinizing how residents are taught to do minimally invasive surgery.

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The Two-Way
2:39 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Microsoft's Greece Headquarters Firebombed By Armed Assailants

A security officer stands by the van used by attackers at the entrance of the Microsoft office in an Athens on Wednesday.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 3:10 pm

Early this morning, three armed assailants fire bombed the headquarters of Microsoft in Athens, Greece.

The attackers used a van to ram through the front door and tried to set the building on fire using gasoline, Microsoft Greece's General Manager Ernst-Jan Stigter told reporters. Stigter added that no one was injured.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Here's How To Learn What The Supreme Court Says About Health Care

The U.S. Supreme Court, which will be in the news on Thursday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The biggest surprise Thursday morning at the Supreme Court will be if the justices do not issue their most-anticipated decision of the year — on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; the health care overhaul enacted in 2010.

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It's All Politics
2:03 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Read The Tea Leaves, But Justices (And Their Clerks) Aren't Telling

The U.S. Supreme Court
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 2:26 pm

Several dozen people know how the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. And it'll stay that way until sometime after 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, when the court releases its opinion to the rest of us.

The decision will have broad societal, economic and legal ramifications, and will play a featured role in the November presidential election. But the justices and their young law clerks — the only ones privy to the deliberations — don't leak opinions. It's virtually unheard of.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:42 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

FDA Approves First New Weight-Loss Drug In More Than A Decade

Belviq, the first new prescription drug in years to help people lose weight, is expected to be available in four to six months.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

For the first time in 13 years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to help people lose weight.

The FDA gave the green light to Arena Pharmaceuticals to sell Belviq, or lorcaserin generically, a twice-a-day pill that suppresses appetite and appears to affect metabolism by influencing levels of the brain chemical serotonin.

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The Two-Way
1:38 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Puny Humans: Robot Plays Rock, Paper, Scissors With 100 Percent Accuracy

A robot hand playing rock, paper, scissor.
Ishikawa Oku Laboratory

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 1:49 pm

We don't know what this says about the relationship between humans and robots. But researchers at the Ishikawa Oku Lab at the University of Toyko have developed a robot hand that can beat a human 100 percent of the time in a game of "rock, paper, scissors."

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The Salt
1:05 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Just What Your Summer Beer Needed, Frozen Foam

Kirin

Apparently, it is just what it looks like — frozen foam, on a beer.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:41 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

A Guide To The Cleanest And Filthiest U.S. Beaches

San Juan Creek meets the Pacific Ocean at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif. The poor water quality off Doheny State Beach put in a list of worst beaches in the U.S.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 9:58 am

If you thought sharks were the scariest threat at the beach, you might consider the lowly bacteria lurking in shore waters instead.

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Author Interviews
12:38 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Why Flying Is No Fun (And May Be More Dangerous)

Michal Krakowiak iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 12:53 pm

After the airline industry was deregulated in 1978, flying changed considerably.

Some of those changes have improved commercial flying, but others have made the skies much less friendly, says journalist and airline veteran William J. McGee.

McGee's new book, Attention All Passengers, details how airlines are cutting costs through regional carriers, outsourcing airline maintenance, mishandling baggage and overbooking airplanes.

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The Two-Way
12:24 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

ACLU Will Defend KKK In Bid To Adopt Stretch Of Ga. Highway

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 1:08 pm

Considering it a First Amendment case, the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia has decided to defend a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in its bid to adopt a stretch of Georgia highway.

As Korva reported earlier this month, Georgia transportation officials turned down the group's request, saying "encountering signage and members of the KKK along a roadway would create a definite distraction to motorists."

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