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That's what Alex Tullo was wondering, so he let Babelfish and Google take a swing at a press release, in Portuguese, from the Brazilian chemical company Braskem. He posted the results on C&EN's Central Science, along with the company's own English translation. The results? Not good news for either service. "Babelfish and Google both make a mess of the first paragraph," Tullo writes. "Braskem’s translation wins hands down."

Twelve chapters in this online text from the Alliance for Health Reform cover topics from Medicare and long-term care to public health and private insurance. Each chapter has tips for reporters, lists of experts with phone numbers, and relevant statistics such as this one on the going rate for individual health insurance: "The average annual premium for individually-purchased single coverage in 2009 was $1,350 for those under age 18 vs. $5,755 for those age 60 to 64."