Caitlin Rafferty

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Video Texting App Glide Is Going “Viral,” Now Ranked Just Ahead Of Instagram In App Store

Video chatting app Glide is on a roll of sorts. In recent weeks this mobile messenger for iPhone and Android devices has been climbing the app store charts on both platforms, having gotten as high as #6 overall in the Apple App Store, and #1 in the App Store’s social networking section. Today, the …

Why health care needs Apple

Apple has a huge opportunity to innovate in digital health.<p>The Silicon Valley technology giant has yet to confirm any new health and fitness gadgets — including its hotly anticipated “iWatch.” If you were hoping yesterday’s Apple earnings report would mention ‘wearables’, you were bound to be …

Samsung tips: 10 Galaxy S4 “hidden” features and tricks

In a new blog post, Samsung describes ten “hidden” or “semi-secret” features of the Galaxy S4, which some of you may not be aware of.<p>Coincidentally or not, the Samsung post went live on the same day Verizon and Motorola unveiled new Droid smartphones, and a day ahead of the upcoming Nexus 7 …

Galaxy S4

Prince of Cambridge's parents present him to the world at first photocall

A future king has attended his first photocall aged one day old as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented their newborn son to the world.<p>The …

Dad Sequences Daughter's Genome To Pinpoint Her Rare Syndrome

The extreme possibilities of personalized medicine<p>Dads all have their talents. Mine was a whiz at fixing mechanical toys, such as my orange, flower-printed, wind-up owl. Bea Reinhoff's dad trained as a geneticist in the 1980s, although he ultimately chose to leave medicine in order to fund biotech …

U.K. May Approve Creating Babies with DNA from Three People.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev felt compelled to attack US, Boston charge sheet alleges

The surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, scrawled messages inside the boat where he was hiding shortly before he was …

Obesity as Disease: Why I Vote No

There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace and the recognition of obesity as a "disease" by the AMA. A line from the movie <i>Jerry Maguire</i> comes to mind: "You complete me!" Drugs need …

Diabetes

E.O. Wilson's Advice for Future Scientists

In his new book, <i>Letters to a Young Scientist</i>, biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson aims to inspire a new generation of scientists. Among his observations and advice: Geniuses don't make the best scientists, and don't worry if you aren't good at math.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, …

Pulitzer Prize

Supermoon To Dominate Weekend Sky

The largest full moon of the year will grace the night sky Sunday as our nearest neighbor in space makes its closest approach.<p>The moon will reach its closest perigee of 2013, dominating the sky. For about a half-hour of the event, the moon will also turn full — a confluence of events that produces …

Mass rally in Egypt for President Mohammed Morsi

<b>Thousands of people have staged rallies after Friday prayers in Egypt, in a show of support for President Mohammed Morsi.</b><p>Crowds chanted their allegiance, pre-empting demonstrations planned by those who want to oust Mr Morsi.<p>Secular groups say they have gathered 13 million signatures on a petition …

Venezuela

Instagrad tackles student loan debt with crowdfunding platform for college (exclusive)

Student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion and yet the cost of college tuition continues to rise.<p>Instagrad launched its attempt to solve this problem today. The startup has built a crowdfunding platform to help parents pay for their kids’ college education. Parents create campaigns on Instagrad …

What the Tech Industry and Politicians Are Saying About NSA’s Massive Data Collection

The tech industry had a lot to say this week amid reports of massive government surveillance of Internet and telephone activity.<p>The Internet giants …

How much do oceans add to world’s oxygen?

Most of Earth’s oxygen comes from tiny ocean plants – called phytoplankton – that live near the water’s surface and drift with the …

My own genome project

In the almost year-long lead-up to having my whole genome sequenced, I have no fears about it. Or at least just a couple of tiny wobbles that I …

'Not Fighting For Just Sarah': Rating Transplant Priorities

Sarah Murnaghan's spirit can be summed up by her personalized Monopoly character: a three-legged silver pig that can stand on its own.<p>"Everybody sort of expects her to decline here, and she does, but she fights back every time," says her mother, Janet.<p>Sarah, who has cystic fibrosis, has a reason to …

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Will Run For Senate

At a news conference Saturday, Booker extolled his own achievements in dealing with Newark's problems of crime, social blight and joblessness and promised a run based firmly from the centre ground of American politics.<p>He said that his seven years as mayor had shown him that it was vital to work …

New Jersey

Turkey’s protesters are nothing like what the PM has described

Istanbul is bullish on democracy these days. The downtown Taksim Square is packed Saturday and getting even more crowded.<p>Demonstrators want to send a message to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan: they are tired of one-man rule. They elected him to be a prime minister, not a dictator, they …

North Africa

Bill Gates: UK leading the way in tackling world hunger

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates praised Britain for "leading the way" on tackling child hunger as the UK government committed £655m over the next …

Fluorescent IED-Detecting Polymer Could Replace Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

It's like a glow stick!<p>When it comes to ferreting out explosives in public places, bomb-sniffing dogs still rule, though scientists are trying to find a way to reproduce their expertise with tech. Now, Cornell University's William Dichtel and graduate student Deepti Gopalakrishnan have created a …

Booze is about to get a nutritional label

Alcohol manufacturers may start including calorie content on package labels<p>Bad news, calorie-counting clubgoers: No more guilt-free bacontinis. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau announced that alcohol companies will be able to put nutritional labels on their products, similar to the …

Associated Press News

Ohio approves budget to defund Planned Parenthood, rape crisis centers

The Ohio Senate passed a budget that would slash funding for rape crisis centers and women’s health facilities<p>The Ohio Senate voted on Thursday to approve a two-year budget that would defund Planned Parenthood, block funding for rape crisis centers and redirect money for women's health services to …