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  • Microbe-free beaches, thanks to dogs

    If you spent time at the beach this summer, you probably encountered seagulls screeching overhead and eating trash. You probably also encountered their poop, and all the disease-causing microbes it carries. Chicago beach managers have experimented with using dogs to chase away gulls and keep beaches cleaner.

    September 5, 2012

  • 1377963_30321632.jpg Slate: Why you should probably disable Java now

    Hackers have found a flaw in Oracle's Java software that allows them to break into users' computers and install nasty malware, security experts report. The attack, first spotted on Sunday by researchers at the security firm FireEye, is what security types call a "zero-day" threat, exploiting a previously unknown vulnerability for which there is currently no fix available.

    August 31, 2012 1 Photo

  • CAMERA PHONE284.jpg Art of the camera phone: Best photo apps

    There are hundreds of apps out there for the iPhone photographer — some great, others less so. But just as with coffee, it's all a matter of taste. The fun thing is, it's only your own taste that matters.

    August 31, 2012 1 Photo

  • 1307593_87254838.jpg Teens' 'designated texter' takes seat next to driver

    After growing up during a campaign against drunken driving, many teenagers say they've embraced the notion of a designated driver. Coming of age amid condemnation of distracted driving, some say they use a "designated texter" when driving with friends.

    August 30, 2012 1 Photo

  • 1382058_20697850.jpg Slate: Stay Out of My Kitchen, Robots

    "Don't you have a machine that puts food into the mouth and pushes it down?" the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev sarcastically asked Richard Nixon in the now infamous Kitchen Debate of 1959. Today, even the most Pampered Chef has no such food-pushing machine, but the quest to make our kitchens smarter continues unabated.

    August 30, 2012 1 Photo

  • 1206038_70353942.jpg Pot-smoking teens may become slower-thinking adults, study finds

    Teens may lose IQ points later in life if they smoke marijuana before age 18, according to a study that comes on the heels of a survey showing that the drug's use has risen in this age group for four straight years.

    August 29, 2012 1 Photo

  • heart-attack.jpg Sudden cardiac death less likely after exercise, study says

    People whose hearts stop functioning during or shortly after exercising are three times more likely to survive than those who have cardiac arrest unrelated to working out, researchers said.

    August 29, 2012 1 Photo

  • organic-produce.jpg In U.S., food is wasted from farm to fork

    Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food every year, cramming landfills with at least $165 billion worth of produce and meats at a time when hundreds of millions of people suffer from chronic hunger globally, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    August 24, 2012 1 Photo

  • Germs.jpg Federal study reports little progress in fighting food-borne illnesses

    Little progress has been made in combating many types of food-borne illnesses in recent years, according to new federal data, an outcome that food safety advocates say underscores the need to put into place the landmark food-safety bill signed by President Barack Obama more than a year ago.

    August 23, 2012 1 Photo

  • Forgotten-baby devices don't always work

    Parents should not count on three types of electronic devices designed to alert them when they've forgotten a baby strapped in a car seat, federal officials said Monday.

    August 23, 2012

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