US Secret Service moves tiny town to virtual tiny town

Chemical releases, suicide bombers, air and subsurface threats: the U.S. Secret Service needs to be prepared to handle these real-life incidents. Training to respond to such incidents, however, has been more theoretical than practical.
No…

Drought and rising temperatures weaken southwest forests

ALBANY, Calif. — Forests in the southwestern United States are changing and will face reduced growth if temperatures continue to rise and precipitation declines during this century, according to a study conducted by a team of scientists from the U….

Tornado warnings are too often ignored

EAST LANSING, Mich. — With big storms ripping across the Midwest, Bob Drost is hoping people are paying attention to the severe weather and tornado warnings.
Unfortunately, Drost, a doctoral student at Michigan State University, knows that many…

Making school lunchrooms smarter

Saratoga Springs, NY: Don’t ban it, move it. This is one conclusion of a new Cornell University study. In one set of schools, sales of fruit increased by 100% when it was moved to a colorful bowl. Salad bar sales tripled when the cart was …

Poverty grows in suburbs, but social services don’t keep up

Poverty has grown in America’s suburbs during the recent economic downturn, but poor people in many suburban communities are finding it hard to get the help they need, a report by University of Chicago researchers shows.
“Many suburbs have se…

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