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July 1 2008 3:14 PM

Human Nature News

Today's headlines from science and tech.

Here are today's most interesting science, health, and tech news reports. For analysis and commentary from around the Web, check out the  hot topics page. For Human Nature's takes, visit the blog. To add your own take, open or join a discussion thread in the Fray—and please link to the original story so others can participate intelligently in the conversation.

William Saletan William Saletan

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

July 1

Louisiana law authorizes judges to order chemical castration of sex offenders
(Michelle Millhollon, Baton Rouge Advocate)


Holland bans tobacco in cafes but allows marijuana

Gene linked to heavy smoking may help prevent cocaine addiction
(Nora Schultz, New Scientist)

Amputee sprinter gets extra time to qualify for Olympics
(Ken Borland, AP)

More on drug-testing cities through their sewage
(Marla Cone, Los Angeles Times)


Yemen's rebellion against child marriage
(Robert Worth, New York Times)

Live organ sellers busted in Singapore

Twin study suggests genes affect you likelihood of voting
(James Fowler et al, American Political Science Review / AFP)

Italy's cash incentives for making babies
(Russell Shorto, New York Times Magazine)


People won't evacuate disaster areas unless their pets come, too
(Malcolm Gay, New York Times)

Abortion refusal to 11-year-old alleged rape victim is reversed
(Alison Mutler, AP)

Abortion rates may be increasing in the Middle East
(Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times)

Downward trend in U.S. teen smoking levels off
(Rob Stein, Washington Post)


Should you really drink 8 glasses of water a day?
(Melinda Beck, Wall Street Journal)

June 26

Iran bans indoor tanning

Spain will grant rights to apes
(Martin Roberts, Reuters)


More on differences between gay and straight brains
(Rob Stein, Washington Post)

McCain proposes $300 million prize for an improved electric-car battery
(Michael Cooper, New York Times)

States and the FTC crack down on direct-to-consumer sales of genetic tests
(Andrew Pollack, New York Times)

Video camera provided by Israeli human rights activists catches settlers beating Palestinians
(Isabel Kershner, New York Times)

Less harmful cigarettes aren't selling
(Vanessa O'Connell, Wall Street Journal)

Chrysler offers wireless Web access in cars
(Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times)

Olympic doping tests fail to detect performance-enhancing EPO
(Gina Kolata, New York Times)

Planned Parenthood targets upscale abortion and birth-control clientele
(Stephanie Simon, Wall Street Journal)

Big Brown's owners swear off steroids and invite independent testing
(Joe Drape, New York Times)

Big Brown's trainer will be suspended for using extra steroids on a race horse
(Joe Drape, New York Times)

Mountain lion kills and eats man
(Tim Gaynor, Reuters)

Germany launches campaign against fat

Obama's ties to the ethanol industry
(Larry Rohter, New York Times)

Female suicide-bomber trend kills 15 more people in Iraq
(Richard Oppel, New York Times / Ernesto Londono, Washington Post)

The latest in pampered day care for dogs
(Anjali Athavaley and Lori Barrett, Wall Street Journal)

June 23

A genetic theory of male homosexuality
(Andrea Camperio Ciani et al, PLoS One / Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience)

Romanian ethics panel rejects abortion request from 11-year-old alleged rape victim

Stem-cell technique could prevent age-related muscular decline
(Jennifer Chu, Technology Review)

Chimps demonstrate tool comprehension, planning, calculation, and delayed gratification
(Robin Lloyd, LiveScience)

Remote-controlled pill cameras that traverse and examine your digestive system
(Kate Baggott, Technology Review)

Admitted age bias exceeds admitted race bias in McCain-Obama poll
(Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta, Washington Post)

Do McCain's financial ties to the beer industry affect his ability to regulate alcohol?
(Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times)

Foreign governments oppose U.S. plan to make airlines fingerprint travelers
(Spencer Hsu, Washington Post)

The systematic misrepresentation of basketball players' height
(Noah Liberman, New York Times)

Fake doctor busted after botching abortions
(Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times)

Claims of test sabotage in the fight over steroids in horse racing
(Joe Drape, New York Times)

Here come the interactive billboards
(Kate Greene, Technology Review)

Scientists debate plans to fight diseases by genetically modify mosquitoes
(Maria Cheng, AP)

Hormone study may explain how losing weight causes people to regain it
(Michael Rosenbaum, Journal of Clinical Investigation / Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters)