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Safe and Smart

Two food-industry trade groups have settled on just two phrases to communicate food safety: ‘Use By’ to indicate perishability and ‘Best if Used By” to indicate peak flavor.

Autonomous Autos

Within seven years, driverless cars will be hitting the market, and studies project they will eventually slash driving-related deaths by two-thirds and lower fuel use by 20 percent.

Mock Meats

Companies worldwide are racing to produce juicy plant-based protein alternatives that have the taste and feel of meat.

Pesticide Peril

An astonishing 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by the widespread use of malathion and chlopyrifos on farm crops, yet the new Environmental Protection Agency administration just declined to ban chlopyrifos.

Prohibiting Plastic

From Tasmania to San Francisco to Morocco, governments are moving against pollution and trash by banning plastic shopping bags, water bottles and even microbeads.

Hair-Raising Talk

Cosmetologists in Illinois are now trained to recognize signs of domestic abuse in clients so they can pass on helpful information such as safe houses and hotlines.

Big Squeeze

A laser-guided vehicle in use in China slides under a vehicle, lifts it up and squeezes it into the tightest of parking spaces in about two minutes.

Itchy Ivy

Lurking almost anywhere, poison ivy can cause nasty reactions if we come into contact with it—but natural treatments can soothe the itching and blistering.

Safe Harbor

Fish, seabirds, penguins, and seals have a new safe haven in the southern Indian Ocean with the French expansion of its protected reserve from 8,000 to 46,000 square miles.

Turtle Turnaround

A drive to increase public awareness of turtle-friendly practices seems to be paying off with record numbers of successful hatchlings on beaches in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.