AP-NORC poll: Energy-saving habits vary in popularity
Sep27

AP-NORC poll: Energy-saving habits vary in popularity

Turn off the lights when they aren’t needed? Check. Lower the thermostat a few degrees in winter? Maybe. Go full-time vegetarian? Probably not. Americans are willing to go only so far in engaging in habits that conserve energy and reduce emissions that are warming the planet, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll adds to research showing that many take modest steps they...

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Greta: Grown-ups mock children because world view threatened
Sep27

Greta: Grown-ups mock children because world view threatened

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg said Friday she doesn’t understand why grown-ups and world leaders would mock children and teens for acting on science, responding to jibes about her campaign as students conducted a second wave of global protests demanding action on climate change. When asked about U.S. President Donald Trump and others who have mocked her, the 16-year-old activist said they likely feel their world view and...

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Researchers find genetic link in rare reaction to pet germ
Sep27

Researchers find genetic link in rare reaction to pet germ

It’s hard to regard Ellie as a menace. When Greg Manteufel is frustrated or feeling down, she sits by him. At night, she sleeps under his covers. At dinner, she’s there next to him, knowing he’ll throw something her way. She belies the stereotype of the vicious pit bull. “We love her like she’s our daughter,” he said of the dog. And yet, Ellie may be the reason Manteufel nearly died. Gravely ill, he...

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Amazon offers a way to delete Alexa recordings automatically
Sep26

Amazon offers a way to delete Alexa recordings automatically

Users of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can now request that recordings of their voice commands delete automatically. Amazon says it saves such commands to improve the service. But the practice has raised concerns with privacy experts who say the recordings could get into the wrong hands, especially as Amazon and other companies use human reviewers rather than just machines. Previously, users had to go into Alexa’s...

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New California lab seeks cure to deadly citrus disease
Sep26

New California lab seeks cure to deadly citrus disease

In a lab southeast of Los Angeles, researchers are opening a new front in the yearslong battle against a tiny pest that has wreaked havoc on citrus groves around the world. California citrus growers and packers and the University of California, Riverside on Thursday marked the opening of an $8 million lab dedicated to finding a solution to the tree-killing disease known as Huanglongbing that has ravaged groves in Florida, Brazil and...

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