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A winning way to deal with waste: The toilet, reinvented
A solar-powered toilet that turns urine and feces into hydrogen and electricity has won a $100,000 first prize in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Why seniors may be more vulnerable to scams
It's no secret that senior citizens are a con artist's favorite target. They seem more trusting and more likely to fall for a scammer's pitch. But why, exactly?
The call you can't answer with an iPhone to your ear
On family vacations, it's important for parents to be "present" (that is, not glued to their smartphones).
Companies taking greater role on campuses in producing skilled students
U.S. companies such as GE, Boeing and Microsoft are contacting college students far earlier than ever, advising and shaping curricula so graduates can plug into jobs with less training time and cost.
Avoiding text message scams
When you get a text from a source that appears suspicious, the prudent thing to do is assume that it's a scam. These messages usually contain malware and viruses designed to infect your phone and steal personal information.
Slate: 'Smart' food packaging
Soon, "smart" food packaging may keep fruit fresh and let you know if that seafood is spoiled.
Consumers continue to use more credit
The Federal Reserve's monthly report shows consumer credit rose by $6.51 billion in April, the eighth month in a row that it has risen. It follows a $12.4 billion gain in March.
The most secure password of all time
The perfectly secure, perfectly memorable password is absolutely pure and rarer than the unicorn. It is like the Holy Grail, the Fountain of Youth, the philosopher's stone, or a model that will get users on the Internet to pay for curated content.
Slate: Bring back Home Ec!
Parents don't have time to teach kids basic cooking and housekeeping, so schools must do it instead.
Bad news: Raindrops don't swat down mosquitoes
Raindrops should pulverize mosquitoes, but scientists at Georgia Tech discover that's not the case. The good news: the finding could help engineers improve the design of tiny flying robots.
Jury seated in Sandusky sex-abuse trial
A jury was selected Wednesday in the child molestation scandal that brought down Joe Paterno, and the makeup of the panel left no doubt this is Penn State country.
The seven women and five men who will hear opening statements on Monday in the case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky include an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the school's continuing education program and a professor who has been on the faculty for 24 years.
Lawmakers press Zuckerberg on Facebook users under 13
Facebook is taking heat from U.S. lawmakers after reports that the company is exploring ways to let children under 13 onto its social network.
3 jurors picked for Sandusky child sex abuse trial
Three of the 16 jurors and alternates needed for former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sex-abuse trial were selected Tuesday morning as the high-profile case got under way in earnest after months of legal wrangling and intense publicity.
Medical students learned on the bodies, now honor the donors
After exploring bodies of anatomical donors for months, medical students at Georgetown University give their thanks to families who shared "their most intimate possession."
Deputies: Fla. mom killed 4 kids, then herself
A Florida mother who fatally shot her four children before killing herself Tuesday called three of the kids who had sought help from a neighbor back to the house before firing the fatal shots, authorities said.
Thirty-three-year-old Tonya Thomas fatally shot her four children, who ranged in age from 12 to 17, said Lt. Tod Goodyear, a spokesman for the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.
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