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If the proposals are agreed, they could delay the market entry of generic medicines in the region – and the impact will be felt around the world. Jeng_Niamwhan

RCEP: the trade agreement you’ve never heard of but should be concerned about

Seven rounds of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership have already taken place with virtually no public debate. The next round of negotiations begins today in Kyoto, Japan.
Even for middle-class families, the growing costs of youth sports can be a huge burden. 'Baseball' via www.shutterstock.com

The troubling price of playing youth sports

In a $5 billion industry, there's no longer a level playing field.
Can Twitter fill in the gaps for social research? Twitter page via www.shutterstock.com

Survey research can’t capture everyone’s opinion – but Twitter can

Understanding public opinion can help officials target messages during a health crisis. But current survey methods aren't good at generating representative samples. Can Twitter fill in the gaps?
Should the EPA figure the cost of reducing mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants for health reasons? Adam

Justices debate benefits and costs of EPA mercury power plant rule

A Supreme Court case could undo a key piece of the Obama's environmental agenda, which hinges on whether the EPA should consider the costs of air pollution controls from coal plants.
Still a few kinks to be worked out. Cory Doctorow

Will next-generation wearable sensors make us healthier?

We can already track plenty of body data, but to really make a difference, wearables need to consistently collect clinically valuable information that can be used to improve health.
Obama chose Stanford University, the heart of Silicon Valley, to announce measures to defend cyberattacks. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Obama’s cybersecurity initiative: a start but businesses – and individuals – need to do more

Cybersecurity at the national level requires information sharing across industries and government – emerging models how this can be done effectively.
Sicily, 1943: Whose blood was this U.S. soldier getting? NARA

Desegregating blood: A civil rights struggle to remember

Until 1950 the Red Cross segregated blood. It was thousands of African-Americans during World War II who forced the Red Cross to include them as donors and helped pave the way for activism of the 1960s.
Does King Salman have what it takes? Reuters

New Saudi king should reform economy before it’s too late

Ever since its unification as a nation state in 1932, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been an oil-dominated economy. Most improvements and setbacks in its economic and social indicators can be invariably…

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