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  • 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:"

    May 16, 2014

  • 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.

    May 15, 2014

  • 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)

    May 14, 2014

  • sheep.jpg 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.

    May 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    May 12, 2014

  • 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.

    May 9, 2014

  • Pentagon to review policies on hairstyles

    The Pentagon said Tuesday that the military will review controversial hair-grooming policies that led some African American women to accuse the Army of racial bias. Guidelines released in late March, known as Army Regulation 670-1, included rules that described as "unauthorized " some natural hairstyles popular among black women, including twists and certain types of braids.

    May 8, 2014

  • American sunscreens need an upgrade

    The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power.

    May 7, 2014

  • Your phone may not have the right to remain silent

    Big Brother would have loved your smartphone. It not only knows where you've been and who's in touch with you but also records your photos, texts, e-mails and social media exchanges. Linked to the cloud, it allows access to your entire digital lifespan, including financial and medical records.

    May 6, 2014

  • aewnqlrtakrlczqr9m8o.jpg Firstborn girls are statistically more likely to run the world

    There's a hunger in psychology for birth-order effects — prophecies about personality that originate in whether your siblings are older or younger than you. At least when it comes to academic achievement, the mythical yeti of family psych has been bagged and examined — call your older sister.

    May 5, 2014 1 Photo