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Mandatory labels on foods containing DNA? 80% of Americans support that

Yet statistics on dihydrogen monoxide remain hard to find

According to a recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, over 80% of Americans said they would support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.”

Microsoft and Google feud over latest security update

What happens when Patch Tuesday and Project Zero butt heads?

What makes this latest security update noteworthy is what's going on in the background: a recent public spat between Microsoft and Google. One of the latest Microsoft updates involves fixing a Windows 8.1 vulnerability announced first announced on Sunday — by security researchers working for Google.

Wireless keyboards can be very easy to hack

Another day, another way hackers can spy on your life

Here are two rules you must always keep in mind regarding your own personal computer or information-based security: One, anything with an Internet connection can be hacked. Two, this means anything wireless is also hackable.

Propane exchange tank suppliers ordered to halt efforts to restrain competition

Blue Rhino and AmeriGas are accused of ganging up on Walmart

The two leading suppliers of propane exchange tanks were accused of illegally colluding to push Walmart -- a key customer -- to accept a reduction in the amount of propane in exchange tanks.

Fear of falling is a big part of growing older

But a simple game of catch might be part of the answer

For older adults, a fall can be a life-threatening situation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the death rates from falls among older men and women have risen sharply over the past decade.

Employers must follow strict rules for independent contractors

Government is cracking down on those that don't

There is nothing wrong with hiring independent contractors instead of employees and plenty of workers are happy to operate as freelancers. But businesses and organizations that hire independent contractors must follow strict rules.

The flap about doggie doors

Safety and energy are two big considerations

Not everybody wants to take their pup for a walk in below freezing weather, but your dog still needs to go out. One option that might make it easier on you would be to install a doggie door. The ins and outs of doggie doors can be a little confusing.

Families aren't what they used to be, study finds

They now come in many more shapes and sizes

The latest survey on families from Pew Research finds that just 46% of kids who are under 18 live in "traditional" families headed by hetrosexual couples who are in a first marriage. Going back to the year 1960 it was 73%.

Heat pump water heaters: more efficient than you thought

Government researchers find ways to improve their performance

In the typical home, the water heater is a significant source of energy consumption, but most consumers don't think much about it.

Airlines face more dilemmas as travelers seek to bring pets along

When pigs fly, maybe they'll have their own seating area

Despite resistance to pigs flying, a recent survey of 430 customers conducted by airport shuttle service Go Airport Express, found 52% of fliers saying they would be OK with pets traveling in airplane cabins, rather than being stowed as cargo.

2015 is a good time to get yourself and your animals in shape

Just like their owners, most dogs and cats need to eat less and exercise more

If you have a dog or cat that's a little overweight, chances are you are also.

What to expect from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

Smarter TVs and car sound systems without CD players

Each January the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wows the public with the latest gadgets. The 2015 CES, which kicks off January 6, should be no exception.

Are hotels already blocking guests' wi-fi hotspots?

A New Jersey wi-fi blackout raises a guest's suspicions

Recently, we reported that the Hilton and Marriott hotel chains were beseeching the Federal Communications Commission to let them block their guests' wi-fi hotspots, forcing them to use the hotels' expensive and often balky networks.

Heat boosts phthalate emissions from vinyl crib mattress covers

Infants are exposed to fumes from the covers for 12 to 14 hours per day

Trying to reduce the risk, Congress banned six kinds of phthalates from toys in 2008, and manufacturers have been turning to alternative plasticizers, which are different phthalates.

Parking lots and their payment vendors are the popular new hacker targets

Park-n-Fly, the St. Louis Parking Company and their customers all among recent victims

Take note if you've paid to park your car recently: various banks are reporting a series of fraudulent credit card charges suggesting that hackers managed to steal information belonging to online customers of Park-n-Fly, an Atlanta-based offsite airport parking and valet service whose customers can reserve parking spots for themselves in advance.