August 5, 2013 KUNCThe world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn't happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.
August 5, 2013 Commuters can rest a little easier — another threatened strike at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system has been avoided, at least temporarily. California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a board of investigators to look into the contract dispute that had threatened to shut down the system.
August 4, 2013 2013 is the first year in which Americans will spend more time on digital online devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets than viewing traditional TV. Still, households that subscribe to Netflix watch about the same amount of traditional TV as non-Netflix households.
August 3, 2013 The media company said it will sell the newspaper to the principle owner of the Boston Red Sox for $70 million, a fraction of the $1.1 billion it paid two decades ago.
August 2, 2013 While the number of jobs did increase last month, the hiring pace was slower than in the spring, marking a setback for unemployed Americans. "The labor market begins the second half of 2013 with a fizzle," says economist Heidi Shierholz, with the Economic Policy Institute.
August 2, 2013 The FDA's new rule says gluten-free food can't contain more than 20 parts per million of gluten. Most products on the market with the label already meet that standard.
August 2, 2013 The South American country could be the first nation to legalize the production, distribution and use of marijuana. It's a bold response to incessant drug-related violence in the region and signals a quest for alternatives to the U.S.-led war on drugs and a rethinking of official U.N. anti-drug policy.
August 2, 2013 The drop in the U.S. unemployment rate surpassed expectations, but the increase of only 162,000 jobs came in below projections. Hourly earnings for all workers on private nonfarm payrolls fell 2 cents last month.
August 2, 2013 Also, Orhan Pamuk on the novel, Sherman Alexie on having his book banned; Kelly Clarkson bought a ring owned by Jane Austen but can't take it out of the U.K.