Medicare may begin covering end-of-life discussions next year if it approves a recent request from the American Medical Association, the country’s largest association of physicians and medical students. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/health/end-of-life-talks-may-finally-overcome-politics.html?ref=usOne of the A.M.A.’s roles is to create billing codes for medical services, codes used by doctors, hospitals and insurers. It recently created codes for end-of-life conversations […]

Years ago, Jodi Flaws, a bioscientist at the University of Illinois, began testing a theory about the risks to women posed by the widely used industrial compound bisphenol A, or BPA. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/in-plastics-and-cans-a-threat-to-women/?_php=true&_type=blogs&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0 A series of studies had suggested that it could damage developing ovaries. But nobody knew how. So for a month, Dr. Flaws dosed […]

Time Warner Cable’s network left millions of people cut off from the internet in the US. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28955562 The firm said a problem affected customers in all 29 of the states in which it offered broadband connections. The problem started in the early hours of Wednesday morning, which will have limited its effect. The company said […]

A low-key protest by online activists has started outside the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28979524 A larger demonstration by the We Are Anonymous group is expected over the weekend although there is a large police presence at the Cheltenham site. Protesters are supporting a legal challenge by civil liberty groups against the alleged use […]

Google has built and tested autonomous aerial vehicles, which it believes could be used for goods deliveries. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28964260 The project is being developed at Google X, the company’s clandestine tech research arm, which is also responsible for its self-driving car. Project Wing has been running for two years, but was a secret until now. The […]

A video gamer’s office near Denver, US, was dramatically raided by armed police – and the incident was broadcast live online. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28970473 Jordan Mathewson, known as Kootra online, was playing popular title Counter-Strike when several officers entered the room and arrested him. According to ABC News, he was later released without charge. Officers said they […]

Ukraine’s prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28978699 Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine’s non-bloc status be cancelled. The remarks come as Nato holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The […]

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