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Health gaps may explain varying Medicare costs

<b>UC DAVIS (US) —</b> Geographic variation in Medicare costs is largely explained by health differences across communities rather than inefficient medical …

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Eating Yogurt Does Weird Things To Your Brain

How and why are tougher questions.<p>Does what you eat affect your body more, or your mind? Can you just chow down on Big Macs as far as the brain goes, and be pretty much set? Or is there a deeper connection between thinking and food?<p>A new UCLA study that's one part gross to three parts fascinating …

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How OxyContin's Pain Relief Built 'A World Of Hurt'

Prescription painkillers are among the most widely used drugs in America. In the decade since <i>New York Times</i> reporter Barry Meier began investigating their use and abuse, he says he has seen the number of people dying from overdoses quadruple — an increase Meier calls "staggering."<p>"The current …

Helium Market Hungry for Government Support

A reliable helium supply at a fair price—that’s the goal behind a new bill before the Senate. For over a year, lawmakers have been crafting a plan …

Gut–brain connection is a two-way street, study says

A UCLA study suggests that bacteria ingested in food – such as yogurt – can affect our brain function.<p>Researchers have known that the brain sends …

New Study Shows Not All Laughter is Created Equal

On <i>The Simpsons</i>, Nelson frequently shows his scorn by unleashing his trademark “Ha, ha.” While Nelson’s laughs sound the same every time he snickers …

India village gets electricity after 65 years

<b>A village in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh recently got electricity for the first time - 65 years after independence. The BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava visits Chibaukhera to find out how the lives of more than 100 families have changed.</b><p>Fifty-one-year old Ram Achal is a relaxed man …

Manhattanhenge! A skyscraper sunset stops traffic in New York City

New Yorkers were wowed on Wednesday by a sunset that was perfectly framed by skyscrapers, thanks to an urban astronomical phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge.<p>The same planetary tilt that determines the seasons also dictates exactly where the sun will go down each evening — and because of the way …

Ape tantrums: Chimps and bonobos emotional about choice

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/982000/982280_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524650711_c82cb514249a195a1b069ccf585ebca8<p><b>Like many humans, chimpanzees and bonobos react quite emotionally when they take risks that fail to pay off.</b><p>This is according to …

UN mulls ethics of 'killer robots'

<b>So-called killer robots are due to be discussed at the UN Human Rights Council, meeting in Geneva.</b><p>A report presented to the meeting will call for a moratorium on their use while the ethical questions they raise are debated.<p>The robots are machines programmed in advance to take out people or targets, …

U.S. Support for Euthanasia Hinges on How It's Described

Support is at low ebb on the basis of wording that mentions "suicide"<p>PRINCETON, NJ -- In the same month that Vermont became the fourth state to …

How Long Does It REALLY Take To Play A Videogame?

Updated: How long does it take to play a videogame, really? It depends. Are you a completionist who wants to explore every nook and cranny of the game developers’ devising? Or do you want to power through a game, just to see how it ends? A group of time-conscious gamers now has the solution to this …

Gmail wages war on inbox clutter with new design for mobile and desktop

Three years after Priority Inbox, Google tries another approach at managing email overload<p>Google begins rolling out a redesigned Gmail today with an eye on removing inbox clutter, separating bulk emails from the main feed with new tabs for messages from social networks, deal sites, businesses, and …

5 privacy questions Microsoft should answer before the Xbox One releases

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p><b>HAL</b>: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. <b><br>Dave</b>: What are you talking about, HAL? <b><br>HAL</b>: This mission is too important for me to allow you to …