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Aircraft safety: Should planes have parachutes?

Parachutes capable of carrying entire aircraft exist, so why aren’t they installed on more planes? Wouldn’t they save lives in emergencies, wonders Katia Moskvitch.<p>John Farese’s plane engine quit without a sputter, and he began to plummet.<p>Farese, a US lawyer with 42 years experience flying his 1978 …

Can a piece of gum help you lose weight? - Futurity

An oral spray or piece of chewing gum that contains a compound that naturally occurs in the body may be all it takes to curb appetite and spark …

7 more grams of fiber cuts heart disease risk - Futurity

Even small increases in the amount of daily fiber can lower the risk of both cardiovascular and coronary heart disease, new research suggests.

A Guide To Spotting And Hiding From Drones

Like birdwatching, but for military robots.<p>Consider it a rough Audubon guide to the mechanical fauna of battlefields. Created by Amsterdam-based designer Ruben Pater, the Drone Survival Guide is, on one side, a rough bird watcher's guide to the modern robot at war. The other side is a short section …

USDA Issues Livestock Permit For Magical Reindeer To Enter U.S.

Bureaucratic holiday spirit<p>You guys. The U.S. Department of Agriculture would like you to know it has issued a permit for nine particular reindeer to enter the U.S. between the hours of 0600, December 24, 2013, and 0600 December 25, 2013. No time zone specified. Also, the press release says the …

Nasa astronauts make new spacewalk at International Space Station

Two US astronauts have floated outside on Christmas Eve in hopes of finishing urgent cooling system repairs at the International Space Station.<p>It is only the second Christmas Eve spacewalk in Nasa history. The first was 14 years ago. It is the second spacewalk in four days for Rick Mastracchio and …

McDonald's Own Employee Website Labels Fast Food an 'Unhealthy Choice'

<b>McDonald's</b> much-maligned employee resource website — which gives employees advice about tipping their au pairs and working second jobs — has some unfavorable comments to make about its own food. CNBC reports the resource website (which is apparently outsourced to another company) describes fast …