Rules for avoiding those travel road bumps
The secrets to a hassle-free summer vacation seem simple enough: Keep a checklist. Read the rules, especially if you're flying. Take photos of your rental car. Don't make assumptions about your hotel.
Your child is a natural-born liar
If your kid has been lying, "that's very, very normal," explains Kang Lee, a developmental psychologist at the University of Toronto who has been studying lying in children for 20 years. Generally, kids start to lie by around the age of 2 1/2 or 3, usually to cover up transgressions.
Dog-bite claims rise to record
Dog-bite claims for U.S. insurers climbed 5.5 percent last year to 17,359, breaking the record from 2003, as New York had the costliest attacks among states with the most incidents.
Homes topping $100 million smash residential price records
The U.S. trophy-home market is shattering price records this year as an increasing number of residential properties change hands for more than $100 million.
NSA is tweeting in code
The Internet was abuzz this week over a cryptic tweet sent by the National Security Agency's careers account, which looked like (1) a particularly bad pocket tweet, (2) the latest from Rakesh Agrawal, or (3) a coded message containing national secrets/spy instructions/something else out of the FX drama "The Americans:"
Cherry cigars entice teens with candy flavors, researchers say
Almost every flavor chemical found in tested sweets, including grape and cherry, are used in combinations in similarly flavored cigars and dipping tobacco, Portland State University researchers said in a letter posted Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
The secrets behind Starbucks' secret menu
You see, Starbucks has gone well beyond allowing people to build custom orders around its traditional coffee drinks.
Last weekend, before my daughter and I left home, she had already searched for "Starbucks secret menu" on the computer and narrowed her choices to a handful of drinks (all of which involved various ingredients from Starbucks' menu for adult drinks)
Chinese couples rush to get pregnant before dreaded Year of the Sheep
For the past few weeks, many couples have been trying desperately to conceive, racing against time to have a baby in the fortuitous Year of the Horse. Their reasoning: No one wants a baby born in 2015, the dreaded Year of the Sheep.
Parents think babies can learn to read, but experts are dubious
You've got a precocious baby who seems to love books (chewing them, at least). And you've seen the advertisements for products that say your infant can get a head start on that all-important skill of reading.
A 'wearable robot' helps her walk again
Science is about facts, numbers, laws and formulas. To be really good at it, you need to spend a lot of time in school. But science is also about something more: dreaming big and helping people.
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