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New short list for USDA's food-safety service

Two food-safety vets are on the short list to head up the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

Caroline Smith-Dewaal, food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and former FSIS administrator Barbara Masters are the final contenders, unidentified union officials, reps from the food industry and experts in food safety told the Washington Post .

January 28, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Worried about the flu? Get a mask

You can cut your risk of contracting the flu or other respiratory viruses by as much as 80 percent by wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, according to a new study.

January 26, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

March of the extinction?

The number of emperor penguins, the elegant stars of the hit film "March of the Penguins," will shrink considerably by the end of this century if levels of Antarctic sea ice continue to fluctuate as frequently as climate experts predict, new research suggests.

January 26, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Do our genes make us popular?

Always the last one picked for kickball? Never get invites to the hottest parties? Blame Mom and Dad. That's right, a new study says genes may influence whether or not you're popular.

January 26, 2009 — Jordan Lite

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