Archive: 07/08/2009

From pythons to fungus, species invading US

(AP) -- A pet Burmese python broke out of a glass cage last week and killed a 2-year-old girl in her Florida bedroom. The tragedy became the latest and most graphic example of a problem that has plagued the ...

dateJul 08, 2009 in Ecology
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Review: Need advice? Aardvark can sniff it out

(AP) -- I like to get advice from friends on all sorts of things, and love to give it even more. In the past few years, instant messaging, e-mail and Twitter have sped up the process, but there's still room ...

dateJul 08, 2009 in Internet
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Abortion pill used in a quarter of US abortions

(AP) -- Roughly a fourth of American women getting early abortions last year did so with drugs rather than surgery, statistics show, as a new study reported improved safety in using the so-called "abortion pill."

dateJul 08, 2009 in Medications
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From slam poetry to plain language for health care

The doctor's mouth opens, and "medicalese" pours forth: words like "pyrosis" and "myocardial infarction." The patient's eyes glaze over. If only the doctor said "heartburn" or "heart attack," the patient could learn what ...

dateJul 08, 2009 in Other
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Robot Learns to Smile and Frown (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- A hyper-realistic Einstein robot at the University of California, San Diego has learned to smile and make facial expressions through a process of self-guided learning. The UC San Diego researchers ...

dateJul 08, 2009 in Computer Sciences
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