Acupuncture can ease kids' pain
At age 17, Victoria Rust came down with pancreatitis, suffering waves of terrible pain that kept her hospitalized for much of last year. When the only medicine that was helping her caused stomach bleeding and had to be stopped, a doctor at Children's National Medical Center suggested an unconventional treatment: acupuncture.
Drones are being used to track wildlife and storms
On a clear morning in early summer, John Langford and a test pilot climbed into a twin-engine plane at Manassas (Va.) Airport. The pilot taxied down the runway, lifted off and headed west. As soon as the plane reached cruising altitude, Langford, sitting in the back seat, pushed a button, and a robot pilot took over from the human one.
Slate: Good news for women who want men who cook and clean
What do you want in a mate? If you're a free-thinking, independent, feminist woman in a relatively egalitarian society, you might want all kinds of things: a guy with a sense of humor, maybe, or who likes to cook exotic foods.
Tooth fairy more generous in 2012
If economists want an accurate read on the economy, perhaps they should look under children's pillows. And according to the credit card company, the Tooth Fairy is leaving an average of $3.00 per tooth this year, an increase of 15 percent over the $2.60 left in 2011.
Targeting voters? We've got your TV shows
Just in time for the party conventions comes a study on the TV shows with the highest concentration of each political party's most loyal voters.
Slate: Why you should probably disable Java now
Hackers have found a flaw in Oracle's Java software that allows them to break into users' computers and install nasty malware, security experts report. The attack, first spotted on Sunday by researchers at the security firm FireEye, is what security types call a "zero-day" threat, exploiting a previously unknown vulnerability for which there is currently no fix available.
Women fare better than men in new health law
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 greatly expanded women's access to free preventive services, particularly for sexual and reproductive health. Men didn't fare nearly as well.
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