States step up funding for Planned Parenthood clinics

Several states have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. States including New Jersey, Massachusetts and Hawaii already are providing new funding, and Democratic governors …

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Georgia Tech physicists unlock the secret to perfect wok-tossed fried rice

Enlarge / Wok tossing has long been suspected of causing the high shoulder injury rate among Chinese chefs. (credit: Hunting Ko and David Hu/Georgia Tech) Fried rice is a classic dish in pretty much every Chinese restaurant, and the strenuous process of tossing the rice in a wok over high heat is key to producing …

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Ten rules for dating my teenage daughter placing your Wi-Fi access points

Enlarge / The top floor of our test house is relatively straightforward—although like many houses, it suffers from terrible router placement nowhere near its center. (credit: Jim Salter) Here at Ars, we’ve spent a lot of time covering how Wi-Fi works, which kits perform the best, and how upcoming standards will affect you. Today, we’re …

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Cities fighting climate woes hasten “green gentrification”

Enlarge (credit: Michael Lee | Getty Images) Boston’s plans to harden its waterfront against the perils of climate change—storm surge, flooding, and sea-level rise—seem like an all-around win. The only way to keep a higher, more turbulent Atlantic out of South Boston and Charlestown is to build parks, bike paths, gardens, and landscaped berms with …

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Hawaiian Airlines named most punctual airline in U.S. for 16th straight year

Airline travelers were a bit more likely to be delayed, and more often for longer spells, when flying around the U.S. last year, according to a government report issued Wednesday. Canceled flights were up, and so were the number of passengers bumped off overcrowded flights. But travelers apparently are learning to take it all in …

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Investors shouldn’t underestimate election volatility, warns UBS

UBS says investors are still too confident that a Trump re-election is a given. The majority of investors at UBS’s Investor Forum events have a “high level of confidence” in a Trump re-election, per a UBS report Thursday. But according to UBS Global Wealth Management’s chief investment officer Mark Haefele, recent national polls “portend a close …

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