Chili’s hit with credit card breach

CYBER SECURITY Malware harvested payment card details: Malware has harvested payment card details from some Chili’s restaurants, Brinker International, the company behind the restaurant chain announced on Friday. Brinker says it detected the malware on Friday, May 11, the same day it Read More …

Trace amounts of pesticide in many foods, FDA emails show

Glyphosate found in granola, crackers: U.S. government scientists have detected a weedkiller linked to cancer in an array of commonly consumed foods, emails obtained through a Freedom of Information request show. The Food and Drug Administration has been testing food samples for Read More …

Food and agriculture will be targets

Part 1: The threat R.A. Norton, Ph.D. Ever been hacked? Russians love to hack our systems, stealing whatever they can. The Russian government claims Russian criminals did the hacking; in truth, in many cases the government and the criminals are Read More …

Americans flock to cities as rural areas lose population

Population growth has been in just a few counties: Americans and immigrants from abroad are flocking to the nation’s metropolitan areas in droves, pursuing new jobs and economic opportunity. But at the same time, rural America is losing population at an alarming rate, Read More …

Another bomb in Austin, this one possibly set off by tripwire

Bomb could have maimed anyone walking through neighborhood: For the fourth time this month, a device exploded on residents in the Texas capital. What makes this blast especially terrifying is that it was left on the side of a residential Read More …

Turtle trouble

Outbreak victims total 76: Salmonella contamination from pet turtles and a lack of handwashing has reached a total of 76 people in 19 states, including 30 hospitalizations. Some 32 percent of the victims are children younger than 5 years old. Salmonella can Read More …

Yes, Facebook really is spying on you :)

How can you limit the data stalking? Facebook is now so good at watching what we do online—and even offline, wandering around the physical world—it doesn’t need to hear us to know what we like. In fact, Facebook and big data brokers Read More …

How climate change will change California ag (and it’s scary)

A very complex agricultural landscape: It’s hard to understate California’s agricultural significance: On just 1.2 percent of U.S. farmland, California produces more than a third of the country’s vegetables and about two-thirds of its fruits and nuts. The Golden State is Read More …

Disease threatens Alabama deer, hunters asked to help

Chronic Wasting Disease identified in Mississippi deer: A case of Chronic Wasting Disease has been reported in a deer in west-central Mississippi, and Alabama authorities are urging hunters to pay attention in hopes of keeping the disease out of Alabama. Like the Read More …