April 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court was asked Tuesday to decide who should raise a 3 1/2-year-old girl who was given up by her single mother: the South Carolina couple who adopted her at birth or her biological father, who invoked his rights as a Cherokee Indian to claim his child. The justices spent part of the morning as family court judges, and they did not envy those who must decide such emotionally trying disputes every day. "Domestic relations pose the hardest problems for judges," said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
March 21, 2013 |
More than 200 million years ago, toothy crocodile-like creatures stalked a hot, dry mega-continent while squid-like mollusks with spiral shells drifted in the surrounding ocean. Then, in what passes for an instant in geologic time, they vanished - making way for the age of the dinosaurs. How some 50% of terrestrial vertebrates and an even larger share of marine life died off in the late Triassic period has become more clear from new research published online Thursday in the journal Science.
March 17, 2013
One of the most promising frontiers in healthcare is biologic medicines - complex substances derived from living cells that can help fight chronic diseases and cancers. To encourage investment in biologics, Congress in 2010 gave drug companies what amounts to a 12-year monopoly on the substances they developed. Now, supporters of biologics are pushing lawmakers in Sacramento and other state capitals to put new hurdles in the way of knock-off compounds, called "biosimilars. " The debate over biosimilars is grounded in doubts about their safety; none have yet been approved for use in the United States.
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March 12, 2013 |
It was a story Dorothy Atwood DeBolt enjoyed telling, one that any harried parent of young children might find somewhat familiar. The phone rang one day as the busy mother raced around her home, getting ready for an out-of-town trip and wrapping up housework before her kids got home. She answered and a child said: "Mom, this is Jennifer. Can I go to the playground after school?" DeBolt replied: "Sure, honey, but be home by 5," and hung up. Seconds later, she said aloud: "Oh my God, we don't have a kid named Jennifer.
February 5, 2013
Re "War will be hell for women too," Opinion, Feb. 1 It's fine that Lee Siegel decries the "savagery of wars produced by male egos. " But he waxes sexist in concluding that biology dictates women's unsuitability for combat. Siegel ignores the fact that many women opt to avoid motherhood and instead pursue occupations once held exclusively by men. His argument that wars should be fought by men alone is as specious as his contention that women should by virtue of their being protest war. What Siegel apparently doesn't understand is that some women make superior soldiers, not to mention that some men can quite capably carry signs protesting war. Gene Martinez Orcutt ALSO: Letters: Immigration realities Letters: Making a world less disposable Letters: Cardinal Mahony's shaky defense
January 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Leaders of a House committee probing BioWatch, the nation's troubled system for detecting biological attacks, complained Thursday that administration officials had blocked them from seeing documents held by two senior federal scientists known to have been privately skeptical of the nationwide program. The materials are of particular interest to congressional investigators, in part because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is pushing for a revamping of BioWatch that would cost taxpayers $3.1 billion in its first five years.