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Fifty years ago this month, Berkeley, Calif., was the epicenter of the Free Speech Movement. Now, Berkeley is moving against Big Soda.

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The Internet giant is seeking to replace your memorized passwords with jewelry; the tobacco and soda industries share more in common than you think; and is there such a thing as an ethical smartphone? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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To combat obesity, New York City's “miniscule megalomaniacal martinet” mayor (in the words of one New York Post commenter) has proposed a citywide ban on the sale of sodas over 16 ounces almost everywhere sugary drinks are sold. Guess who's going to be affected.

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Obama dodges Netanyahu's attempts to suck the U.S. into a war against Iran; Stephen Colbert's many fictional faces are interfering with real world politics; meanwhile, the Argentine LGBT community is combatting the country's deep-rooted stereotypes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Forget about cavities. Doctors report in the International Journal of Clinical Practice that excessive cola drinking can cause paralysis and a host of other serious health problems. Extreme symptoms were suffered by people who drank as much as three liters of cola a day. That kind of soda binging is becoming less rare, says one doctor.

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New York Health Commissioner and aspiring prop comic Richard Daines, M.D., defends his governor's proposed obesity tax with this hokey yet alarming demonstration.

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Want a soda with that? It'll cost you, if what you're after is a non-diet drink and you happen to be in New York, thanks to a controversial tax plan that Gov. David Paterson has cooked up to combat rising obesity rates in his home state.

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