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Hate High School Spanish? Learn to Sign.


High schools nationwide are adopting American Sign Language as an alternative for students who need a foreign language to graduate.

Toothpaste Goes “Natural,” Whatever That Means


It’s something most of us use twice a day--every day. And as consumers continue to become more conscious of the chemicals in their personal-care products, many are paying closer attention to what they’re using to brush their teeth. Dental professionals weigh in on some of the options.

Saving the Environment, One Chopstick at a Time


In China and Japan, there is a small-scale environmental movement to cut down on the waste generated by more than 70 billion pairs of chopsticks used each year. Now some American restaurants are following the lead of their Far Eastern counterparts and encouraging a policy of BYOS--Bring Your Own Sticks.

Sticky Nuisance to Some, Collector’s Item to Others

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Though shoppers might find the little labels that adorn fruits and vegetables a sticky nuisance, hundreds of people worldwide collect them, with more than 30 websites dedicated to practice. But a new technology that etches edible markers on produce may eventually stamp out the stickers and the hobby.

Easy Does It: Language Made Simple.


What language, invented in 1930, is still used by missionaries, airplane repairmen and the Voice of America? The answer is simple. Simple English.

Man’s Best Friend Comes Through for Autistic Children


Parents are turning to specially trained dogs to help autistic children. Children who are uninterested in human friendships sometimes form close bonds with dogs, though parents should exercise caution when purchasing an autism dog, because the temperament and training of a dog needs to be closely matched to the reactions of an autistic child.

News Flash: USB Drives Are Groovy


How do you get the attention of a busy person? Try a USB flash drive, the latest--and grooviest--marketing tool. As prices have dropped, artists and musicians are loading them up with creative data and distributing them to potential clients.

Rosie the Riveter, Redux


Only 3 percent of construction workers in the U.S. are women. But with baby boomers about to retire, employers and labor unions need women more than ever. To increase the ranks of women in construction, the newly founded Rosie the Riveter Charter High School in California will start preparing careers in hard hats.

Collective Couture: Young Designers Join Forces


Cutting-edge fashions aren’t the only thing being created by independent designers in New York. These designers are teaming up in cooperatives and working together toward one goal: launching their careers.

Maraschino (No, Not the Cherry) Makes a Comeback

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A new generation of cocktail lovers is rediscovering a forgotten Prohibition-era liqueur.

Importing the Perfect Date


What has Iraq got that the U.S. doesn’t? The world’s most coveted dates. Two men are fighting to bring them here.