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There’s no need to fear flu shots

January 6th, 2013
limiting serious complications and Consumer Reports conducted a survey on the issue of flu shots during the 2010 swine flu outbreak, and published the results, along with its own experts' answers to expressed concerns: Five bad reasons survey respondents ...


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British Mission to Drill Down to Subglacial Lake Ellsworth in the Antarctic is Derailed

December 28th, 2012

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It appears that the formidable ice sheets of the Antarctic have gotten the best of a UK research team attempting to bore through them to reach the subglacial Lake Ellsworth. The $3 million project to drill through 1.8 miles of ice to get to the lake was funded by the National Environment Research Council which comprises of the British Antarctic Survey, the National Oceonography Centre, and nine UK universities. The field team, led by principal investigator Michael Siegert of the University of Bristol, had to stop drilling after running into an unexpected glitch and the team was forced to call off the project for the season.

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Smart TVs Underutilized, NPD Survey Finds

December 28th, 2012
High-tech TVs these days are pretty smart. The people using them? Maybe not so much. A new survey by research group NPD suggests that a majority of people who own televisions that connect to the Internet aren't using them to the fullest extent, and many of the available applications go unused. In fact, despite the extra cost, many viewers may be using the gadgets the same as they would an ordinary TV.

Some Internet content is proving popular, but it is over-the-top video content -- available independent of the Internet provider -- such as Netflix, Hulu or streaming music. Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD's Connected Intelligence Application and Convergence report found that nearly six out of 10 consumers who own a connected HDTV are accessing those through the device. But users don't seem to be in much of a rush to access their e-mail or update their Facebook status via smart TVs.

They'd Rather Use Phones

"The decision is not for want of application choice, but rather seems to be focused on how consumers are used to interacting with their TV," said John Buffone, director of device research at NPD Connected Intelligence, writing on the company's blog. "HDTVs, gaming consoles, Blu-ray Disc players, and other connected devices offer an array of applications, ranging from Twitter and Facebook to Web browsing. But, in general, these have failed to resonate with the audience, not least because there are better platforms, such as the PC, tablet, or smartphone, for such services."

NPD's survey of people using TVs that connect directly to the Internet, or through set-top devices such as Apple or Roku found that less than 10 percent of users accessed Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any of the major social media.

Few used their devices to post photos or read e-mail but about 10 percent used the...



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More Americans Are Turning Page to E-Books, Pew Survey Finds

December 28th, 2012
E-book readers are uniting and taking over the print world. Well, sort of. In the past year, the number of consumers aged 16 and over who read e-books rose from 16 percent to 23 percent. During that same period, the number who read printed books fell from 72 percent to 67 percent. So says the Pew Research Center.

According to Pew's latest research, the move toward e-book reading coincides with an increase in ownership of electronic book reading devices. For example, Pew reports, the number of consumers who own a tablet computer or e-book reading device such as a Kindle or Nook grew from 18 percent in late 2011 to 33 percent in late 2012. What's more, 25 percent of Americans ages 16 and older own tablet computers such as iPads or Kindle Fires.

"This move toward e-books has also affected libraries. The share of recent library users who have borrowed an e-book from a library has increased from 3 percent last year to 5 percent this year," the report said. "Moreover, awareness of e-book lending by libraries is growing. The share of those in the overall population who are aware that libraries offer e-books has jumped from 24 percent late last year to 31 percent now."

Who Reads E-Books?

The tide is turning, but who is reading e-books? The most likely candidates are consumers with college or graduate degrees, those who live in households earning more than $75,000, and those whose ages fall between 30 and 49, according to Pew.

The survey also reports that 75 percent of Americans ages 16 and older said they had read a book on any platform in the previous 12 months. Pew says that is not statistically significantly different from the 78 percent who in late 2011 said in a survey they had read a book in...



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Amazon again tops in e-tail customer satisfaction; Apple slips

December 27th, 2012
For the eighth straight year, Amazon takes the No. 1 spot in the ForeSee survey of online shoppers. Apple, meanwhile, had its worst showing in four years. [Read more]



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Swine flu risk high for pregnant women

December 17th, 2012
PARIS, March 18, (AFP): Pregnant women may be far more at risk from swine flu than thought, according to a survey published on Friday that was carried out in Australia and New Zealand. An investigation carried out among American women between ...


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Swine flu risk high for pregnant women

December 17th, 2012
PARIS, March 18, (AFP): Pregnant women may be far more at risk from swine flu than thought, according to a survey published on Friday that was carried out in Australia and New Zealand. An investigation carried out among American women between ...


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Swine flu risk high for pregnant women

December 17th, 2012
PARIS, March 18, (AFP): Pregnant women may be far more at risk from swine flu than thought, according to a survey published on Friday that was carried out in Australia and New Zealand. An investigation carried out among American women between ...


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Swine flu risk high for pregnant women

December 17th, 2012
PARIS, March 18, (AFP): Pregnant women may be far more at risk from swine flu than thought, according to a survey published on Friday that was carried out in Australia and New Zealand. An investigation carried out among American women between ...


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Swine flu risk high for pregnant women

December 17th, 2012
PARIS, March 18, (AFP): Pregnant women may be far more at risk from swine flu than thought, according to a survey published on Friday that was carried out in Australia and New Zealand. An investigation carried out among American women between ...


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