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  • Can technology help you and your friends choose a restaurant?

    Deciding where to eat, drink, relax and chat with friends should be a pleasure, but instead it's an engine of hesitancy and chagrin. As a result of that hesitancy and chagrin, you often end up going to the same handful of tried and true restaurants instead of branching out. What if technology could solve this problem by collecting a party's various dietary, monetary and atmospheric preferences and producing a restaurant that will delight everyone?

    May 15, 2014

  • Cashing in on pot market proves a pipe dream for traditional pharmacies

    Americans seeking medical marijuana for anything from pain to seizures must turn to a patchwork of small startups for help as U.S. laws keep traditional pharmacies out of a market that may exceed $6 billion by 2019.

    May 13, 2014

  • A mom, a printer, and the new digital ease of counterfeiting

    Tarshema Brice hardly ranks among the world's elite counterfeiters. But with the help of modern consumer technology, she developed an exacting system for crafting fake U.S. greenbacks.

    May 12, 2014

  • Jobless contend with weight gain as they search for work

    A subject long ignored by policymakers, and one that unemployment counselors are too sheepish to raise with job seekers, the link between bulging waistlines and joblessness is now of intense interest to researchers studying the long-term effects of the country's economic malaise.

    May 12, 2014

  • Why college athletes need a union

    Leticia Romero came to Kansas State University from the Canary Islands to play basketball. After Romero's freshman season - a successful one on the court, in which she averaged more than 14 points per game - the coach that recruited her was fired, and several assistant coaches chose to leave as well. As a consequence, Romero decided she wanted to transfer.

    May 9, 2014

  • Parents think babies can learn to read, but experts are dubious

    You've got a precocious baby who seems to love books (chewing them, at least). And you've seen the advertisements for products that say your infant can get a head start on that all-important skill of reading.

    May 9, 2014

  • Gun bans in state Capitols but not bars draw cries of hypocrisy

    South Dakota lawmaker Steve Hickey has 17 guns, a National Rifle Association card and a faith that pistol-packing residents make public places safer - except for the one where he works.

    May 8, 2014

  • Mom doesn't want you to be thoughtful Sunday

    When selecting a gift for Mother's Day, or any other occasion, don't try to be "thoughtful." Choose the gift the recipient will like best. Don't confuse what you know with what she feels.

    May 8, 2014

  • The boss with no office

    When I first met Jack Dorsey, the billionaire co-founder of Twitter, he was working on his new project, Square - the post-Twitter venture he'd launched in an effort to disrupt the payments industry. I'd come to interview Dorsey for a magazine profile, and when I walked into Square's San Francisco office space I immediately spotted him. He was impossible to miss. He worked standing up, typing on an iPad at a navel-high table in the dead center of the open-air floor plan.

    May 5, 2014

  • Security keeps the car keys away from presidents

    Vice President Joe Biden was wearing a leather jacket and sitting behind the wheel of a screaming yellow Corvette at the locked White House gates when he divulged a secret of the powerful.

    May 5, 2014

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