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 …

Do you really know where your lettuce comes from?

E. coli outbreak highlights traceability problems: The romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak highlights problems with traceability in the American food chain. A plastic container or bag of mixed lettuce, for example, could contain lettuce from all over the country, with no Read More …

Germs are good, apparently

The benefits of growing up in a rural environment: Children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness than pet-free city Read More …

First death reported in romaine lettuce outbreak

A total of 121 people sick in 25 states: The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Federal health officials say California reported the death, but they did not provide other details. The government now Read More …

China testing extensive weather modification system

Fuel-burning chambers would ‘seed’ clouds to make rain: China is testing cutting-edge defense technology to develop a powerful yet relatively low-cost weather modification system to bring substantially more rain to the Tibetan plateau, Asia’s biggest freshwater reserve. The system, which involves an 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 …

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 …

Be ready for upcoming ‘cyber warfare’

Expect stepped-up ‘cyber warfare’: UK counter-terrorism expert Michael Clarke has urged the British public to be ready for “cyber warfare” within the next two or three weeks as Russia responds to Friday’s missile attack on Syria.  “It will be an attack Read More …