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Generic Drugs May Not Be As Safe Or Effective As You Think

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: As the cost of prescription medication soars, consumers are increasingly taking generic drugs: low-cost alternatives to brand-name medicines. Often health insurance plans require patients to switch to generics as a way of controlling costs. But journalist Katherine Eban warns that some of these medications might not be as safe, or effective, as ... Read More »

Ecuador Hands Over Julian Assange’s Belongings To US

Slashdot reader Joce640k shares a report from the BBC: Ecuador has begun giving the U.S. some of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange’s possessions left behind following his stay in its London embassy. The material includes manuscripts, legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment. Mr Assange’s lawyer said the move was “completely unprecedented in the history of asylum.” “Ecuador is committing a ... Read More »

Ask Slashdot: Would Rationing Air Travel Work To Cut Emissions?

united_notions writes: Last year, The Guardian ran an opinion article arguing that everyone should be allocated “an air mile allowance — say enough for one long-haul return flight a year, or three short-haul flights. […] If you don’t want to use your allowance, you could sell it off in a government-regulated online marketplace. If you’re keen to do a holiday ... Read More »

3D-Printed Guns Are Back, and This Time They Are Unstoppable

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: A new network of 3D-printed gun advocates is growing in America — and this time things are different. Unlike previous attempts to popularize 3D-printed guns, this operation is entirely decentralized. There’s no headquarters, no trademarks, and no real leader. The people behind it reckon that this means they can’t be stopped by ... Read More »