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Shots - Health News
2:56 am
Tue November 26, 2013

These Californians Greeted Canceled Health Plans With Smiles

Amid insurance cancellations, some people are finding better coverage through Covered California, the state's health exchange.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 1:28 pm

Barbara Neff of Santa Monica is one of the roughly 1 million Californians who recently got word that their health insurance coverage would be expiring soon.

The canceled plans sparked a political firestorm as people realized President Obama's promise — "If you like your plan, you can keep it" — didn't apply to everyone.

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Shots - Health News
2:52 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Emergency Contraceptive Pill Might Be Ineffective For Obese

Levonorgestrel, one of the main ingredients in emergency contraceptive pills, including Plan B, was found in a recent study to be less effective in overweight and obese women.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 1:28 pm

The Food and Drug Administration says it is reviewing whether the maker of the most widely used emergency contraceptive pill needs to change its label in light of new evidence that it doesn't work to prevent pregnancy in overweight or obese women.

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The Two-Way
6:29 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

No Motive In Newtown Report, But Many Details About Lanza

An image from a Connecticut State Police report on the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School shows a scene at 36 Yogananda St. in Newtown, Conn., where Adam Lanza killed his mother before driving to the school and killing 26 students and staff last December.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 7:49 pm

Investigators say they haven't determined why Adam Lanza killed 26 students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December. But they know he acted alone in that attack and his mother's murder, according to a summary report released weeks before the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage.

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Shots - Health News
6:28 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Yes, Your Toddler Really Is Smarter Than A 5-Year-Old

Children under age 2 can reason abstractly, researchers say.
Jandrie Lombard iStock

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 1:42 pm

Parents, does your 18-month-old seem wise beyond her years? Science says you're not fooling yourself.

Very small children can reason abstractly, researchers say, and are able to infer the relationships between objects that elude older children who get caught up on the concreteness of things.

In experiments at the University of California, Berkeley, children as young as 18 months were able to figure out the relationship between colored blocks.

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Shots - Health News
4:57 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

FDA Tells 23andMe To Stop Selling Popular Genetic Test

YouTube

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 1:41 pm

You don't need to be an expert in the regulations covering medical tests to know that the Food and Drug Administration has just about had it with Silicon Valley's 23andMe.

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The Salt
3:22 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Sandwich Monday: Oprah's 'Love Sandwich'

Peter wonders if starting P Magazine was such a good idea.
NPR

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 4:41 pm

Subscribers to Oprah's O magazine wait all year for the "Oprah's Favorite Things" issue, in which Oprah lists a bunch of things you need to buy if you want any chance of becoming Oprah. It's just out, and in it Oprah mentions that she makes for Stedman something she calls a "Love Sandwich." If you don't know who Stedman is, I'm not even going to put a link here to help you, because really, you should already know.

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The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Chicago Bulls' Rose Out For Season With Knee Injury

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, right, is out for the season after injuring his right knee Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Rose missed all of last season with an injury to his left knee.
Don Ryan AP

Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls guard who missed all of last season after knee surgery, has injured his other knee and will miss the rest of the current NBA season. The Bulls say Rose had "successful surgery" Monday morning to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.

Rose hurt his knee during the third quarter of Chicago's loss at Portland Friday. Here's how the Bulls' official blog describes the play:

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The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

VIDEO: A Tiny Mechanical 'Jellyfish' That Flies

The "jellyfish" in flight.
New Scientist

We've watched as a "pocket-sized drone dubbed the Nano Hummingbird" flitted around.

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The Two-Way
1:56 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Ukraine Protests Continue Over Suspension Of EU Talks

Opposition protesters clash with riot police in front of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers in Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

The Ukrainian government last week stunned many of its own citizens and much of the European Union when it announced it was suspending association talks with the bloc. The decision led to mass protests that continued Monday in which demonstrators clashed with riot police outside the government building. One protester was injured.

The Associated Press reports:

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The Salt
1:48 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

An Omnivore's Dilemma: Would You Eat Michael Pollan Microbe Cheese?

Microbiologist Christina Agapakis (left) and artist Sissel Tolass show off the cheese they made with bacteria from human skin. The project was part of Agapakis' graduate thesis at Harvard Medical School.
Courtesy of Grow Your Own ... Life After Nature at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 3:03 pm

Making your own cheese and yogurt is all the rage these days. (Our friends at Kitchen Window broke down the process in a recent post, if you're curious.)

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:39 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Dancing To The Tune Of Ph.D.

Andres Florez Screenshot/Vimeo

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 9:22 am

If you've ever sat through a (long, long) university graduation ceremony, you may have taken the time to peruse the dissertation titles of graduating doctoral students. Depending on the university and department, you'd probably find a sampling something like this:

Preliminary Measurements For An Electron EDM Experiment In ThO (Yulia Gurevich, 2012, Harvard University)

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The Two-Way
12:24 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Schools Chief Among 4 Indicted In Steubenville Rape Case

Four adults, including the superintendent of the city's schools, have been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to the aftermath and alleged attempted coverup of a teenage girl's 2012 rape by members of the high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio.

Ohio Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine just announced that news.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Mon November 25, 2013

At Auction, Maltese Falcon Goes For $4 Million, Dreams Included

How much will it bring?
Bonhams AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 6:55 pm

Somebody should say this ...

"I am prepared to pay $5,000 for the figure's return"

... just for fun Monday afternoon when a Maltese Falcon statue used in the classic 1941 movie goes on auction at Bonhams in New York City.

That line about $5,000, movie fans will know, is said by "Joel Cairo" (played by Peter Lorre) to "Sam Spade" (Humphrey Bogart).

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The Two-Way
10:26 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Anti-Government Demonstrations Rock Thai Capital

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok. Thailand, march Monday against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Kyodo /Landov

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 11:09 am

Massive anti-government protests have rocked the Thai capital, Bangkok, with demonstrators occupying parts of the finance and foreign ministries Monday and calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

The Associated Press reports:

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Mon November 25, 2013

If Comet ISON Survives The Sun, The View May Be Spectacular

Comet ISON in an image taken on Nov. 19 by a telescope at the Marshall Space Flight Center in New Mexico.
NASA

Whenever the phrase "comet of the century" gets tossed around, we recommend remembering all the buzz about Kohoutek.

If you were around in 1973, you may recall that Kohoutek was supposed to give us an amazing show.

Well, it fizzled.

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