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The Not So Sweet Facts About Sugar

A new study offers a broad overview of the use of sugar in the US diet and its consequent health implications. The good news is that the growth in sugar intake appears to have stopped and may even have slightly declined. The bad news is that people still consume way too much sugar and that that …

FDA launches anti-smoking ads aimed at teens

FDA launches educational campaign to prevent at-risk kids from becoming life-long smokers.<p>WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is launching the government's largest effort yet to curb tobacco use among at-risk teens.<p>The $115 million media campaign stems from the FDA's new authority to …

Global cancer surge fuelled by alcohol, smoking and obesity predicted by WHO

A global drive to tackle the causes of cancer linked to lifestyle, such as alcohol abuse, sugar consumption and obesity, has been urged on Monday by the World Health Organisation as it predicted the number of new cases could soar 70% to nearly 25 million a year over the next 20 years.<p>Half of these …

Galaxy S4 losing steam? Samsung's shares follow suit

Despite Samsung's claims last month that its Galaxy S4 was performing quite well on store shelves, and had reached 10 million units sold in less than a month, analysts are concerned things are changing.<p>Samsung's shares were down around 6 percent Friday, representing their largest drop since August. …

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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 …

New study finds gaming helps children learn 'ethical decision making'

A new study out of the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, suggests that those who spend time playing video games lay some of the ground work for socially responsible, good citizens in later life. Conducted by Dr. Kathy Sanford, the study examined children between the ages of 13 and …

Report: Hospital Sees ROI on iPad Purchases in Just 9 Days

- Jun 4, 2013<p>Apple’s iPad has proven to be popular among medical professionals, and now a new report tells of how one hospital was able to recoup its …

Apple releases OS X 10.8.4 with fix for out of order iMessages, Safari 6.0.5 and more

Apple has released OS X 10.8.4 for Mac computers today, and it fixes a host of things, including an annoying bug which caused iMessages to come in out of order in the Messages app.<p>There are a host of other improvements including better Microsoft Exchange support in calendar, a slightly newer …

Mad genius Rickrolls and crashes Vine with full-length music video embed

Web developer Will Smidlein managed to bypass the six-second upload limit on Vine today, inserting the entirety of Rick Astley's immortal "Never Gonna Give You Up" into a post that was ultimately taken down by Twitter. "I think I broke Vine," Smidlein tweeted, along with the full embed of the song. …

Maybe It’s Time For Apple To Go Back Behind The Curtain

Like most people, I was following Tim Cook’s talk at the D11 conference with great interest. And while it generated a lot of headlines, it became apparent quickly that not much was actually being said. Just to make sure, I went back and watched the entire interview. One thing stuck out above all …

By 2050, one in five people in Africa will be Nigerian

Last year Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan called on families to stop having more children than they can afford, but it appears no one listened. The Sub-Saharan nation is expected to become the world’s fourth most populous country by 2050, with 400 million people. That’s an addition of 11,000 …

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Unmarried Chinese mothers to be fined

Plans to fine women who have children out of wedlock have caused outrage in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.<p>On Monday, state media reported that under draft legislation being considered by the city's government unmarried mothers and women who had children with men who were already married would …

One of the fake languages from HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ hides a reference to Castlevania

HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones</i> is a violent fantasy series with a huge production budget. That cash enabled the producers to hire a linguist to develop new languages for the fictional civilizations that populate the world of Westeros and its surrounding continents.<p>The linguist who created those new tongues, …

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2 suicide bombings end 3 days of peace in Afghanistan<p>Speeding taxi runs into crowd of tourists on Moscow sidewalk<p>Children watching the World Cup …

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Nintendo Posts Annual Loss of $366m as Wii U Sales Disappoint

Nintendo has announced a loss of 36.4 million yen ($366 million) for its 2012 financial year, marking the second consecutive year that the Japanese gaming giant has turned in negative operating income.<p>The company missed its own prediction of a $220 million loss for the year — as the Verge notes — …

Adults Text While Driving More Than Teens, Says Survey

It’s often been assumed that teens are one of the main culprits in the texting-while-driving epidemic in the U.S. It makes sense — teens are new drivers, and thus more reckless, and they also happen to be expert texters.<p>However, a new study funded by AT&T finds that adults actually text while …

CHART OF THE DAY: The Difference Between What You Share And What People Want To Read

The stories people share aren't necessarily the stories their friends want to read, according to data from 33Across, which tracks links for online publications.<p>It found that people are sharing science related content more often than any other content category. However, science content is clicked on …

Angels & Demons

• <b>Author:</b> Dan Brown<p>The explosive Robert Langdon thriller from Dan Brown, the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Da Vinci Code</i> and <i>Inferno</i>—now a major film directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.<p>An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction.<p>When …

Under the Dome

• <b>Author:</b> Stephen King<p>On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" …

Animal Farm

• <b>Author:</b> George Orwell<p>George Orwell’s famous satire of the Soviet Union, in which “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

Of Mice and Men

• <b>Author:</b> John Steinbeck & Susan Shillinglaw<p><b>A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression</b><p>Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbeck’s tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America’s most widely read and taught novels. An …

Lord of the Flies

• <b>Author:</b> William Golding and Others<p><b>Golding’s iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age.</b> <br>This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer …

The Casual Vacancy

• <b>Author:</b> J.K. Rowling<p>When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.<p>Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.<p>Rich at war with poor, …

1984

• <b>Author:</b> George Orwell<p>George Orwell’s <i>1984</i> takes on new life with extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity.<p>“Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.”—<i>The New Yorker</i> <br>In 1984, …

The Silver Linings Playbook

• <b>Author:</b> Matthew Quick<p><i>An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.</i><p>A <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, <i>The Silver Linings Playbook</i> was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It tells the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory …

World War Z

• <b>Author:</b> Max Brooks<p>We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, <i>World War Z</i>, a #1 <i>New</i> …

Solid Snake voice actor hints he wasn't asked to reprise role in Metal Gear Solid 5

Longtime Metal Gear Solid voice actor David Hayter will not reprise his role for <i>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain</i>, he implied in two tweets sent earlier today.<p><i>Metal Gear Solid 5</i> director Hideo Kojima announced during a talk at the 2013 Game Developers Conference today that the upcoming title …

Huge cyber-attack causes worldwide disruption

A record-breaking cyber-attack targeting an anti-spam watchdog group has sent ripples of disruption coursing across the internet, experts have said.<p>Spamhaus, a site responsible for keeping ads for counterfeit Viagra and bogus weight-loss pills out of the world's inboxes, said it had been buffeted …