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Plastic straws clog the ocean and hurt fish. Now there's a growing movement to ban them.

The humble plastic drinking straw has become the villain of the moment for environmental crusaders, with New York City joining a small but growing list of communities considering a straw ban to lighten the load on landfills and protect marine life.<p>The campaign is not advancing uniformly, though. It …

Pollution

I work at one of America's underfunded schools. It's falling apart

In my Oklahoma high school classroom, it is not easy to tell where federal funding ends and state funding begins – in fact, most teachers don’t have a clue about where our funding comes from. But what is abundantly clear is that our schools need more funding.<p>Unless you are in a school every day, …

Education

How to build a better smoothie, according to a nutritionist

If you’re turning to smoothies as part of your strategy to lose weight or take your healthy eating up a notch, your menu may need a little attention. Done right, smoothies can make nutritious sense, packing satisfying ingredients along with fiber, vitamins, minerals and other health-protecting …

Healthy Eating

How using your legs keeps your brain healthy

New research suggests that moving one's legs is crucial for brain health. In fact, exercising leg muscles helps the brain to produce new neurons, the …

Medical Research

Amazon's Alexa Eavesdropped and Shared the Conversation

A couple’s private conversation was mysteriously recorded by their Amazon Echo device and sent to one of their contacts, igniting privacy concerns …

University of Washington

For the Love of God, Stop Renting Routers From Comcast

A bug in Comcast’s router and modem activation process potentially exposed the private data of millions of customers who rented hardware from the company.<p>Millions of consumers continue to pay cable companies like Comcast a monthly fee to rent a modem or gateway (a combination modem and WiFi …

Telecoms

Researchers warn 500,000 consumer routers infected with malware

Security researchers warned of a "sophisticated" malware infecting an estimated 500,000 consumer routers worldwide.<p>According to a blog post from Cisco's cyberintelligence unit Talos, known devices impacted by the "VPNFilter" malware include manufacturers Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link.<p>Talos …

Cybersecurity

Alexa recorded a woman’s private conversation and sent it to a random contact

It’s every smart home speaker owner’s worst nightmare: a private message recorded and sent to a recipient without their knowledge. But that’s what happened to a Portland woman, who told CBS News affiliate Kiro-TV that her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a …

Smart Homes

McDonald's under pressure to scrap plastic straws

<b>McDonald's is to face a vote by shareholders about its use of plastic straws at its annual meeting on Thursday.</b><p>A small shareholder is pressing the fast food giant to demonstrate "leadership in the elimination of plastic straws".<p>Keith Schnip wants the company to report on the risks to the business …

McDonald's

Cougar That Killed Cyclist Was Underweight, Likely Desperate

A rare fatal encounter in Washington State, which left another mountain biker injured, may point to wider questions about our evolving coexistence with big predators.<p>An otherwise normal, mid-morning mountain bike ride turned deadly when a cougar attacked two cyclists near Seattle on Saturday.<p>One of …

Wildlife

What Makes A Jazz Standard?

When does a pop song become canon — so influential, so durable, that it can be counted among the classics that make up the Great American Songbook?Christian McBride, bassist, record producer and host of NPR's <i>Jazz Night In America</i>, joined Audie Cornish on <i>All Things Considered</i> to discuss just how a …

Trumpeter

Experts Say There Was "Something Wrong" With The Cougar Who Killed a Seattle Cyclist

The first such attack in nearly 100 years.<p>The two mountain bikers, authorities say, did what they were supposed to do. They made loud noises to drive …

Wildlife

Comcast is leaking the names and passwords of customers’ wireless routers

Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers’ Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. Anyone with a subscriber’s account number and street address number will be served up the wi-fi name and password via the company’s Xfinity …

Wi-Fi

'I Didn’t Really Have a Choice.' Meet the Teachers Quitting Their Jobs Due to Low Pay and Dwindling Benefits

“We weren’t expecting to be rich. On the flip side, we were expecting to make ends meet and pay the bills"<p>For 12 minutes one night in October 2016, …

Education

Anti-Mom Bias is Real and Based in Reality

Something does change when you have a baby. Should it count against you in your career?<p>A friend of mine, the mother of six, just had a job interview. While she didn't try to hide the fact that she had children, she also wasn't planning to share that she had six of them. So, imagine her surprise …

Sexual Harassment

Email Is Dangerous

Electronic mail as we know it is drowning in spam, forged phishing mails, and other scams and hacks. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.<p>One week ago, a group of European security researchers warned that two obscure encryption schemes for email were deeply broken. Those schemes, called …

Security

This Is The Most Beautiful Place In Pennsylvania, Conde Nast Says

Just in time for summer, Conde Nast Traveler created a list of the most beautiful place in each state. Here is the winner in Pennsylvania.<p>Summer is …

National Parks

Tips for Backpacking in Bear Country

Bears are the animals that everyone wants to see and doesn’t want to see. It is really just a question of timing and distance. Spot a grizzly bear on …

Camping

This Wall Chart Shows Every Oil Painting Vincent Van Gogh Ever Created

Vincent van Gogh, among other things, was a prolific painter. He created 85 oil paintings of women, 70 of flowers, 42 of wheat fields, and 38 of his …

Comic Books

Cougar kills mountain biker and injures another in Washington state

A mountain lion killed one mountain biker and mauled another in Washington state on Saturday when they rode into its territory. State officials later tracked the animal and shot it dead, police said.<p>The mountain bikers were riding together down a remote, backwoods trail at 11am local time in an …

Washington State

12 Hiking Destinations You'll Want to Add to Your Bucket List

The best travel advice always comes from people with firsthand experience—and that's especially true when it comes to hiking trips. When you're going …

Hiking

Swirling Starlings Generate 'Birdnado' in Apocalyptic Reddit Photo

This isn't your average tornado.<p>In the school scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s terrifying 1963 classic, <i>The Birds</i>, a flock of black birds rapidly …

Nature

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

No other national park showcases what natural erosion can build than Bryce Canyon National Park. Giant sandstone creations, known as hoodoos, attract …

National Parks

Entire Nest ecosystem of smart home devices goes offline

Works with Nest... usually<p>For at least a few hours overnight, owners of Nest products were unable to access their devices via the Nest app or web browsers, according to Nest Support on Twitter. Other devices like Nest Secure and Nest x Yale Locks behaved erratically. The as of yet unexplained …

Home Automation

Is It Whisky Or Whiskey And Why It Matters

The Irish spell whiskey with an e between the k and the y while their Scottish counterparts leave out the e. The distinction, in addition to being the bane of proof readers, also offers some important insights into the evolution and history of whisky.<p>Canada, India and Japan, the three other major …

Whiskey

The Death of the Plastic Straw

It's a growing trend: Hotels, resorts, safaris, and cruises are increasingly banning plastic straws.<p>In 2015, a disturbing video of an olive ridley sea turtle suffering from a plastic straw stuck in its nose went viral, changing many viewers’ attitudes toward the plastic tool that is largely a …

Pollution

Hundreds of Mating Fireflies Put on a Dazzling Show in These U.S. Mountains Every Summer

It’s time to get your summer glow on.<p>No, we’re not talking about your tan, we’re talking about fireflies.<p>In the mountains of North Carolina and …

Hiking

Almond-Milk Granita

<i>Granita di Mandorle</i><p>At Caffè Sicilia, this granita is served for breakfast along with a brioche and a shot of espresso—a wonderful way to start the …

Breakfast

Cream Cheese Squares Recipe

"Cream cheese squares. Very easy, and very good."<p>Ingredients<p>2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough<p>2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese<p>1 cup …

Dessert

94% of Teachers Say They Spend Their Own Money on Classroom Supplies

(WASHINGTON) — Nearly all public school teachers report digging into their pockets to pay for school supplies, spending nearly $480 a year, far more …

Education