Is your smartphone listening to you? Well, maybe

CYBER SECURITY Why do ads coincide with conversations? A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in pockets, discussing our recent trips in Japan and how we’d like to go back. The Read More …

How did romaine get infected?

Birds, wild pigs, water, air? Investigators continue their tedious search for the source of the E. coli that apparently contaminated romaine lettuce, causing this spring’s deadly outbreak. But it’s becoming increasingly unlikely they will find a smoking gun. READ MORE FOOD SAFETY Read More …

Throw that romaine lettuce away!

Popular salad ingredient linked to E. coli outbreak: Public health officials are warning consumers not to eat store-bought, chopped romaine lettuce as an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable worsens. So far, 53 related E. coli infections have been reported in Read More …

California wildfires bad for humans, good for flowers

  Scarred fields ‘explode’ with wildflowers: Vast swaths of the California Wine Country landscape were torched by raging wildfires in October and then soaked with rain in early spring, creating the perfect conditions for a spectacular floral display. In recent weeks, flowers Read More …

Attack on U.S. electric grid could cripple nation

Unprecedented wave of attacks: The U.S. electric grid has become increasingly vulnerable to what the federal government is describing as an unprecedented wave of attacks that threatens to cripple the nation, according to a new investigative report that warns the energy Read More …

How about some melt-resistant ice cream?

It’s made with banana plant waste: Science has finally led us to one of the greatest innovations of humankind: ice cream that doesn’t melt quickly on a hot day. The secret, according to a new study? Banana plant waste. Not only are Read More …

Why did the Spanish Flu of 1918 kill so many people?

Historical disease detectives try to solve mysteries: One hundred years ago, a novel pandemic influenza virus spread rapidly around the world. It killed about 1 to 2 percent of the human population, primarily young and often healthy adults. The centennial of the Read More …

Former spy sick after exposure to ‘unknown substance’

Is it a warning to others? One of the two people critically ill in a Salisbury hospital after “suspected exposure to an unknown substance” is a Russian man who was exchanged in a high-profile “spy swap” in 2010, the Guardian understands. Read More …

How did drug get into dog food?

FDA investigating source of pentobarbital: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating where exactly in the supply chain that sodium pentobarbital was introduced into several recently recalled dog foods. The J.M. Smucker Co. has issued a voluntary recall of  Gravy Train, Ol’Roy, Kibbles N’ Read More …

‘Friendly’ bacteria may reduce pregnancy risks

Study suggests milk with probiotics may be good for pregnant women: Pregnant women who drink milk containing probiotic “friendly” bacteria are less likely to have premature births or pre-eclampsia, a serious complication of pregnancy, suggests a Scandinavian study. Timing was everything, though, Read More …