12:23pm

Wed June 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Google Introduces Tablet And Streaming Device

Hugo Barra, product management director of Android, introduces Google's low-cost computer tablet Nexus 7 during the keynote speech at Google's annual developer conference on Wednesday.
Kimhiro Hoshino AFP/Getty Images

Today's a good day for gadget enthusiasts. During its I/O event, Google announced that like Microsoft, it was jumping into the tablet market. The search giant made three big announcements: The Nexus 7, its tablet; the Nexus Q, a streaming device; and a new version of its mobile operating system called Jelly Bean.

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12:23pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Europe

Months After Protest, Russian Rockers Still Jailed

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 7:45 pm

Women in a Russian punk rock group briefly perform a protest song at Moscow's main cathedral, Christ the Savior, in February. The singers criticized the church and Vladimir Putin, who is now president. Three women have been arrested and jailed for months, and the church is demanding harsh punishment.
Sergey Ponomarev AP

The Russian government is facing a growing chorus of criticism over its harsh treatment of three women from an all-female rock band who staged a "punk" prayer service last winter in Moscow's most prominent cathedral.

Back on Feb. 21, two weeks before Russia's presidential election, several members of the band Pussy Riot, wearing brightly colored balaclavas, rushed onto the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

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12:01pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

What Clementines Can Teach Surgeons

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 3:20 pm

University of Michigan

Clementines and pelvic anatomy are two things you probably wouldn't ever talk about in the same sentence, unless you're Pamela Andreatta.

Andreatta, a medical educator at the University of Michigan Medical School, knows all about how people learn. And lately, she's been spending a lot of time scrutinizing how residents are taught to do minimally invasive surgery.

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11:39am

Wed June 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Microsoft's Greece Headquarters Firebombed By Armed Assailants

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 12:10 pm

A security officer stands by the van used by attackers at the entrance of the Microsoft office in an Athens on Wednesday.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Early this morning, three armed assailants fire bombed the headquarters of Microsoft in Athens, Greece.

The attackers used a van to ram through the front door and tried to set the building on fire using gasoline, Microsoft Greece's General Manager Ernst-Jan Stigter told reporters. Stigter added that no one was injured.

The AP reports:

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11:26am

Wed June 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Read The Tea Leaves, But Justices (And Their Clerks) Aren't Telling

The U.S. Supreme Court
Alex Wong Getty Images

Several dozen people know how the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. And it'll stay that way until sometime after 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, when the court releases its opinion to the rest of us.

The decision will have broad societal, economic and legal ramifications, and will play a featured role in the November presidential election. But the justices and their young law clerks — the only ones privy to the deliberations — don't leak opinions. It's virtually unheard of.

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10:49am

Wed June 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Puny Humans: Robot Plays Rock, Paper, Scissors With 100 Percent Accuracy

A robot hand playing rock, paper, scissor.
Ishikawa Oku Laboratory

10:45am

Wed June 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Here's How To Learn What The Supreme Court Says About Health Care

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 11:15 am

The U.S. Supreme Court, which will be in the news on Thursday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The biggest surprise Thursday morning at the Supreme Court will be if the justices do not issue their most-anticipated decision of the year — on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; the health care overhaul enacted in 2010.

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10:42am

Wed June 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

FDA Approves First New Weight-Loss Drug In More Than A Decade

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 9:34 am

Belviq, the first new prescription drug in years to help people lose weight, is expected to be available in four to six months.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

For the first time in 13 years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to help people lose weight.

The FDA gave the green light to Arena Pharmaceuticals to sell Belviq, or lorcaserin generically, a twice-a-day pill that suppresses appetite and appears to affect metabolism by influencing levels of the brain chemical serotonin.

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9:54am

Wed June 27, 2012
The Salt

Just What Your Summer Beer Needed, Frozen Foam

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 10:05 am

Kirin

Apparently, it is just what it looks like — frozen foam, on a beer.

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9:53am

Wed June 27, 2012
Author Interviews

Why Flying Is No Fun (And May Be More Dangerous)

Michal Krakowiak iStockphoto.com

After the airline industry was deregulated in 1978, flying changed considerably.

Some of those changes have improved commercial flying, but others have made the skies much less friendly, says journalist and airline veteran William J. McGee.

McGee's new book, Attention All Passengers, details how airlines are cutting costs through regional carriers, outsourcing airline maintenance, mishandling baggage and overbooking airplanes.

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