Washington, DC - Recipients of an annual flu shot may be surprised to learn that there is currently no official standard for vaccine storage equipment in clinics, pharmacies, and other health providers’ offices – a potential problem, since vaccines need to be kept within strict temperature limits to remain viable.

Washington, DC - Taiwan-based computer hardware maker ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that critical security flaws in its routers put the home networks of hundreds of thousands of consumers at risk. The administrative complaint also charges that the routers’ insecure “cloud” services led to the compromise of thousands of consumers’ connected storage devices, exposing their sensitive personal information on the internet.

Washington, DC - The American Red Cross is hosting a Learning Summit (Feb. 23 – Feb. 25) to bring together veteran and military family leaders and service providers from around the world to expand their provider network to meet critical needs for military families. This service delivery network provides help to hundreds of military families and veterans every day with emergency communication, transportation and financial assistance needs worldwide.

Los Angeles, California - In the early Miocene Epoch, temperatures were 10 degrees warmer and ocean levels were 50 feet higher - well above the ground level of modern-day New York, Tokyo and Berlin.

Washington, DC - First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” to promote cooking and healthy eating among youth. Teaching kids to cook is a great way to ensure they learn healthy habits early in life. Research shows that children who help with cooking and meal preparation are more likely to consume fruits and vegetables, and they are more aware of the importance of making healthier food choices.

Los Angeles, California - A UCLA study has found that the state agency responsible for protecting Californians from the dangers of pesticides is failing to assess the health risks likely posed by pesticide mixtures, which are believed to be more harmful than individual pesticides.