1. Flud News Roundup, June 28

    No Choice in the Matter: The Supreme Court upheld Obama’s Affordable Care Act today in a 5-4 decision that will put the act into effect over the next few years. Obama has been investing a lot of his political capital in this health care measure, so the decision is a big win. Critics of the bill say it is an overreach by the federal government; under Obamacare all Americans are required to buy health care. Republicans called this a wake-up call to Americans and what will hopefully be a campaign plus for Romney who says the answer to rising health care costs will never be Big Government. Democrats are sticking by Obama and say Obamacare is a much needed extension of basic health care to those Americans who can’t afford medical attention. Obama’s campaign manager stated a fear of a loss to Romney based on the financial landscape in the race, and this ruling may play a huge role in the race as well. 

    Weapon Against Obesity: The FDA approved a new prescription diet drug on Wednesday for the first time in 13 years. The drug offers an alternative to aid weight loss for the one in three Americans considered obese. Belviq works by controlling the appetite and activating serotonin which triggers feelings of satiety and satisfaction. Clinical data says that almost half the dieters without Type 2 diabetes who used the pill lost at least 5% of their starting weight over a year. There are of course, side effects, and many critics of the drug are saying the pros don’t outweigh the cons especially because the drug is still recommended to be taken together with a healthy diet and exercise program. 

    Big Year for Google: Google’s i/O conference continues today after some big announcements yesterday that would be hard to top. Google Glass may have been the highlight of the day; a technology that has been in the making for years, Google Glass acts as a heads-up display and a video camera that can broadcast exactly what a user is seeing. Today, Google announced that Gmail now has 425 million users and 66 of the top universities in the U.S. and over 5 million businesses have gone Google. What else does Google have up its sleeve?

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