Rash of Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens

CDC investigates Salmonella outbreaks: The Centers for Disease Control is currently investigating a rash of Salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens. A total of 124 people were infected with one of several strains of Salmonella between February and May of 2018, spread across 36 states. Nearly Read More …

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 …

Supreme Court rules in favor of Colorado baker

Christian baker refused to make same-sex wedding cake: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. By a 7-2 vote, the majority said he was a Read More …

San Francisco brewery has to stop producing cannabis beer

Company lacks proper permitting: U.S. officials have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing a specialty beer containing cannabidiol, the hemp-derived extract known as CBD, because it lacks the proper permitting. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is Read More …

Trouble in the land of Big Food

But good news for smaller competitors: Large consumer goods brands lost market share to small competitors from 2011 to 2016 for the first time in 50 years, and that’s bad news for the likes of General Mills, Campbell’s Soup, Hershey’s and Read More …

Australia’s biggest river is running dry

Parched farmers blame lax enforcement of sensible rules: The Murray-Darling river basin, which is larger than Ethiopia, gives life to Australia’s arid interior. But these days the Murray River’s main tributary, the Darling River, is reduced to a putrid standstill with Read More …

Too much wine in Napa Valley?

Some fear wine-making region is victim of its own success: A growing coalition of wine-industry veterans and longtime residents fear that California’s Napa Valley, famed for its vineyards and wineries, has become a victim of its own success, pointing to the Read More …

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 …

WHO gears up to fight Ebola outbreak in Congo

PUBLIC HEALTH Is the U.S. prepared?  The World Health Organization has deployed 4,000 doses of vaccine along with emergency teams and equipment to the Democratic Republic of Congo to control an outbreak of Ebola, which is suspected to have infected 39 Read More …

Indoor farming could improve our veggies

But power costs are a problem: There’s a budding industry that’s trying to solve the problem of the limp lettuce and tasteless tomatoes in America’s supermarkets. It’s full of technologists who grow crops in buildings instead of outdoors, short-cutting the need to Read More …