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The paper filters in "The Drinkable Book," from Carnegie Mellon University's Theresa Dankovich. (Photo courtesy Brian Gartside/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

The Book on Clean Water

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pittsburgh — Can bacteria-killing filter paper packaged in the form of a convenient book help people around the globe gain access to clean drinking water? That’s the hope of Theresa Dankovich, postdoctoral research associate in the civil and environmental engineering department of Carnegie Mellon University, who has developed “The Drinkable Book.” In the works since 2008, while Dankovich was a …

More Letters Arriving Late

Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington — Amid a significant downsizing of the money-strapped U.S. Postal Service, the number of letters arriving late has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year. And that’s as measured against the agency’s own newly relaxed standards. The delays have become so serious that the Postal Service’s watchdog issued …

College Removes Jefferson Davis Statue

Monday, August 31, 2015

Austin, Texas — Statues of Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson were removed Sunday from the limestone pedestals at the University of Texas on which they have stood for 82 years. “This is an iconic moment. It really shows the power of student leadership,” said Gregory Vincent, UT’s vice president for diversity and community …

Cellphones for Children May Not Be a Wise Choice

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My colleague Michelle Quinn got her son an iPhone when he entered middle school last year. My son wasn’t so lucky. Not only did he not get a smartphone when he entered middle school, but I don’t plan to get him even a simple cellphone anytime soon. Michelle’s …

Driving Will Never Be the Same

Saturday, August 29, 2015

San Francisco — A veteran computer scientist hates sitting in his car at stop lights, so he creates software that makes the experience less annoying. A former engineering professor wants to double the range of today’s electric vehicles. …

U.S. Raises Farm-Income Forecast After Crop Sales Increase

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — The U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its forecast for U.S. farmers’ profits this year, with crop sales rising above an earlier estimate and help coming from other sources of income such machine rentals. Income will be $100.3 billion, the USDA said last week in a report, …

Say Goodbye to Supersize

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York — Forget the Big Mac attack. Now is the time of the snack attack. After years of slinging super-sized servings, some fast-food chains are starting to see the benefits of offering daintier bites. That includes mini-hot …

2016 Honda HR-V

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bottom line: The all-new 2016 HR-V goes to the top of my list of affordable, sensible, high-quality, high-utility vehicles. Just pay attention to trim levels for the best value for you. Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets good marks in all three, with a small caveat. Long trips, …

Slow and Steady: Model T’s Cross-Country Trip

Saturday, August 29, 2015

After 34 days and 3,600 miles across America on dirt roads, the Model T that recreated Edsel Ford’s 1915 road trip from Detroit to San Francisco reached its destination earlier this month. “Seeing America in the slow lane turns out to be amazingly pleasant,” said Mark Gessler, president …

Cleaning Windows: When to Hire a Pro

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Clean windows can make your home brighter and improve its overall appearance. A professional window cleaning can also provide an early warning of potentially dangerous problems, according to owner Bill Volkart of Dazzle Services in Cincinnati, Ohio. Here are some reasons you should consider hiring a professional window …

Survey Says American Satisfaction With Vehicles Declines

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Car prices keep going up, but so do the number of recall notices being sent to car owners. It’s not a combination designed to make customers happy. Customer satisfaction with vehicles is down for the third year in a row, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The …

Smartphone Sales to Fall

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Worldwide sales growth for smartphones is slowing down, thanks to maturing markets, but remains strong, according to International Data Corp.’s quarterly mobile phone tracking report. The market intelligence forecaster expects global smartphone shipments to grow 10.4 percent in 2015 to 1.44 billion units, down from 27.5 percent growth …

Labor Ruling Is Landmark

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — A federal labor board voted Thursday to redefine the employee-employer relationship, granting new bargaining powers to workers in an economy increasingly reliant on subcontractors, franchisees and temporary staffing agencies. The decision by the National Labor Relations Board could upend the traditional arms-length relationship that has prevailed …