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Texas Slow To Review Health Insurance Rate Hikes

To make insurance more affordable, the federal health law requires every state to conduct a special review whenever a health insurer wants to raise premiums more than 10 percent. The Texas insurance department hasn't completed a reviews of any of the nine qualifying rate increases. So the companies' rate increases have taken effect.
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Technology Could Give Athletes An Edge At Olympic Park

Engineers say technologies like spray-on clothing and 3D-printed shoes could help future Olympians break records. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Philippa Oldham discusses how technology impacts sporting performance and why engineers should work closely with regulators.
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Neuroscientist Turned Crime Solver in "Perception"

"Perception," a new TV show on TNT, stars Eric McCormack as an eccentric neuroscience professor who helps the FBI solve crimes between teaching classes. Series co-creator and executive producer Ken Biller describes the show, and explains how the writers work to get the science right.
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Sniffing Out The Science Behind Sports Doping

How does blood doping boost performance in events like the Tour de France? Do anabolic steroids help the world's fastest man run faster? In his book, Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat , Chris Cooper discusses how these banned drugs work, or don't — and how they are detected.
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Getting High: Physics Of The Fosbury Flop

The world record for high jump — the event in which a person hurdles himself over a horizontal bar — is just over 8 feet. That's like leaping over a stop sign, and clearing it by a foot. Jesus Dapena, of Indiana University, has studied the high jump for 30 years, filming athletes to understand exactly how they produce the force required to clear the bar.
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Abortion Back On The Front Burner For Congress

Earlier this week, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. And other bills in the House, including a spending bill, include abortion-related provisions.
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Turning The Tide On HIV And AIDS

New HIV drugs are changing the face of the epidemic, but defeating the virus remains a daunting public health challenge. What it will take to turn the tide on HIV and AIDS with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

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