There might be dangerous chemicals in your tap water — here’s how to stay safe

Remember the movie "Erin Brockovich"? Of course, you do. But unless you've rewatched it recently, you may not remember that Brockovich—in real life, and in the movie—was fighting a company suspected of polluting a small California town's drinking water with a cancer-causing contaminant called chromium-6 (aka, hexavalent chromium). Fast-forward 20 years, and it may shock you to learn that chromium-6 is still a threat to 218 million Americans, including residents of every state. That's just one Read more [...]

Hurricane Harvey: National flood insurance renewal likely and emergency funding bill on tap

Hurricane Harvey may go down as one of the worst natural disasters to hit the United States, but it’s also likely to be a catalyst to push Congress to renew the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and start preparing an emergency funding bill for those affected by the storm, FOX Business has learned. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) office assured to FOX Business that the program responsible for 4.9 million policyholders, including more than 590,000 in the state of Texas, will Read more [...]

Lithium in tap water may cut dementia

People with higher levels of lithium in their drinking water appear to have a lower risk of developing dementia, say researchers in Denmark. Lithium is naturally found in tap water, although the amount varies. The findings, based on a study of 800,000 people, are not clear-cut. The highest levels cut risk, but moderate levels were worse than low ones. Experts said it was an intriguing and encouraging study that hinted at a way of preventing the disease. The study, at the University Read more [...]

Telstra will turn off the tap on controversial third party billing arrangements in December

Telstra will stamp out new services from charging its customers via third party billing by December. Picture: Michael Dodge TELSTRA is set to kill off controversial third party charges for consumers on postpaid plans by December after customers complained of getting hit with unexpected third party charges on their monthly mobile bill. Such charges typically relate to third party subscription purchases of content like mobile games, apps, and videos which involve recurrent charges on a weekly Read more [...]

Uber is said to tap Expedia CEO to lead the company

Analysts and entrepreneurs who have worked with Dara Khosrowshahi, above in 2012, described him as a “fair” leader who “does more listening than talking.” (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press) Tracey Lien Uber has chosen Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of travel booking website Expedia, to be its new chief executive, according to a source unauthorized to comment publicly. Khosrowshahi’s reported appointment ends Uber’s hunt to replace the company’s controversial co-founder Read more [...]

Researchers Level Up To Tap Human Intuition Of Video Gamers In Quest To Beat Cancer

Video gamers have the power to beat cancer, according to cancer researchers and video game developers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. SMU researchers and game developers are partnering with the world’s vast network of gamers in hopes of discovering a new cancer-fighting drug. Biochemistry professors Pia Vogel and John Wise in the SMU Department of Biological Sciences, and Corey Clark, deputy director of research at SMU Guildhall, are leading the SMU assault on cancer in partnership Read more [...]