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Study: Pop music has grown louder, dumber and all sounds the same
According to a new study from researchers at the Spanish National Research Council, the familiar complaint that contemporary popular music has grown loud, predictable and simpler than ever may be exactly right.
Federal study reports little progress in fighting food-borne illnesses
Little progress has been made in combating many types of food-borne illnesses in recent years, according to new federal data, an outcome that food safety advocates say underscores the need to put into place the landmark food-safety bill signed by President Barack Obama more than a year ago.
Careers Q&A: Advice for working parents, job-seekers
Career Coach columnist Joyce E.A. Russell, an industrial and organizational psychologist, discussed workplace issues in a recent online forum.
Slate: Why do we drink only cows' milk?
Worldwide, there are about 6,000 mammal species, each with its own unique milk, but Americans get at least 97 percent of all our dairy products from one animal. (That would be the cow.)
Car insurance rate hikes not uncommon this year
Many consumers have opened letters from their car insurance company this year and been disappointed to learn that their premiums are going up. Sometimes by a lot.
Scammers pose as IRS in attempt to get data
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commands attention. When you get something in the mail from the tax agency, you can bet you'll open it right away.
Meeting our cultural overlords at Comic-Con
I understand the allure of comic books. Stunning artwork. Twisting plots. Serial cliffhangery. What I've never been clear on is why this visual and narrative approach is so pressed into the service of stories about people who wear capes and fly through the air.
This just in: YouTube is now a video news giant
One of the world's biggest and most important video news organizations employs no reporters or anchormen, owns no satellite trucks and doesn't even report the news itself.
Postal workers participate in bioterrorism response drill
A total of 2 million households in five cities will have a surprise visit from their letter carrier this summer, and the carriers won't be delivering mail.
Escorted by a police officer, they will deposit up to two bottles of emergency doxycyclene in each mailbox, first responders to a fictional anthrax or other bioterrorist attack.
Slate: Stop binge-watching TV
"Breaking Bad" returns this Sunday, July 15, bringing millions of devoted fans back to AMC although not enough to keep the network on Dish, apparently and spurring others to catch up with the show's 46 episodes in a time span that may require copious amounts of Walter White's purest Blue Sky.
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