Reducing obesity: UCI surgeons find bariatric surgery safer, gastric bypass most effective
(PhysOrg.com) -- Bariatric surgery is an increasingly popular way to treat morbid obesity. More than 170,000 Americans undergo the surgery each year, 10 times more than in the mid-1990s.
Habitat loss wiping out Europe's butterflies
The destruction of natural habitats in Europe is wiping out butterfly, beetle and dragonfly species across the region, the updated European "Red List" of endangered species showed Tuesday.
Study highlights forest protected areas as a critical strategy for slowing climate change
A new study involving scientists from 13 different organizations, universities and research institutions states that forest protection offers one of the most effective, practical, and immediate strategies ...
New guidelines aim to prevent unnecessary death from thoracic aortic disease
When actor John Ritter died suddenly in 2003 from a tear in his thoracic aorta—the large artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body—that tragedy brought attention to a rare but deadly condition that ...
Blind British soldier 'sees' with his tongue
A British soldier left blind by a grenade in Iraq has told how his life has been transformed by ground-breaking technology that enables him to "see" with his tongue.
China without Google: 'a lose-lose scenario'
(AP) -- China without Google - a prospect that looks increasingly likely - could mean no more maps on mobile phones. A free music service that has helped to fight piracy might be in jeopardy. China's fledgling ...
Borexino experiment detects geo-neutrinos
Hip websites need hard facts to thrive
Mixed in with technology innovations at South By South West (SXSW) were reminders that real-world performance facts are vital to thriving on an increasingly crowded Internet.
Creditors of S.Korea's Hynix sell 813 million dollar stake
Creditors of South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor said Tuesday they had raised 923.2 billion won (813.5 million dollars) by selling a 6.67 percent stake in the world's second-largest memory chipmaker.
Sanyo sets up solar parking lots for electric bikes
Japanese electronics giant Sanyo said Tuesday it had opened two "solar parking lots" in Tokyo where 100 electric hybrid bicycles can be recharged from sunlight-powered panels.
Sharks threatened by Asian consumers, says group
(AP) -- Surging demand for shark fin soup among Asia's booming middle classes is driving many species of these big fish to the brink of extinction, a marine conservation group said Tuesday.
Twitter working on Chinese registration page
(AP) -- Twitter is working on a way to allow Chinese users to sign up to the social networking site in their own language, a co-founder of the site said Monday night, but access to the popular site remains blocked in the ...
New HIV infections increasing among homosexuals
(AP) -- New HIV infections are increasing among homosexuals, drug users and prostitutes who don't seek help because of laws that criminalize these practices, the head of the U.N. AIDS agency said Monday.
Smoking, but not past alcohol abuse, may impair mental function
Men and women with a history of alcohol abuse may not see long-term negative effects on their memory and thinking, but female smokers do, a new study suggests.