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Search for MH370 Will Likely End by July: Chief

But ATSB head says he's 'optimistic' they'll find the missing Malaysia Airlines plane by then

(Newser) - If the hunt for MH370 doesn't turn up anything over the next few months, the head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau says the search of a 46,000-square-mile swath of the Indian Ocean will likely be called off by July, NBC News reports. Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan says... More »

It's Scientifically Better to Be Born in Summer

Summer babies grow taller, are generally healthier: study

(Newser) - There's more reason to be jealous of summer babies than all those birthday parties by the pool: They may be healthier adults, according to a new study. University of Cambridge scientists surveyed roughly 500,000 Britons aged 40 to 69 for their birth dates, height, weight, and the age... More »

'Song of the Summer' Is Probably Already Out

FiveThirtyEight blog: Labels now making an early push to win unofficial title

(Newser) - So what will the song of the summer be for 2015? It's only early May, but as Walt Hickey at FiveThirtyEight writes, radio listeners have probably already heard it. Going back to 1985, about 72% of the top summer songs came out in May or earlier. But more significantly,... More »

Good News for Your Summer Road Trip

Lowest prices in 6 years are predicted—a $2.45-per-gallon average

(Newser) - Not since 2009 have we seen the gas prices that industry experts are expecting this summer driving season—but in a good way. Per a US Energy Department forecast , gas will cost an average of $2.45 for a gallon of regular between April and September, typically the nation's... More »

Let's Get Rid of Summer Vacation

It's creating gap between rich, poor kids: Matthew Yglesias

(Newser) - Imagine the government deciding to shut down the military, or the transit system, or law enforcement, for a few months every year, for no particular reason. The outcry would be insane, because that's a ridiculous idea. So why, then, is there no backlash over the three months out of... More »

Predicted: Top Summer Hits of 2013

Shazam predicts summer mega-hits using 4M searches

(Newser) - Since Shazam correctly predicted Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" would be 2012's summer mega-hit, you'll probably want to download the tunes the music ID app says will take over airwaves this year. Compiled using 4 million Shazam searches, the list from USA Today looks... More »

New Threat to Ozone Layer: Summer Storms

Study points to US skin cancer risk

(Newser) - New research links two major environmental concerns: ozone depletion and climate change. Soaring water vapor from summer storms can damage the ozone layer right over the US, researchers find, and global warming can increase the frequency of such storms. Once the vapor reaches the stratosphere, it can interact with chemicals... More »

Our Kids Just Get 'Dumber, Fatter' Each Summer

But Peter Orszag has some ideas on how to remedy the situation

(Newser) - Ahh, those halcyon days of summer … from which our children emerge "dumber and fatter," writes Peter Orszag on Bloomberg . Come fall, the average child is at least one month behind where they were academically before going on break, and they've also most likely put on weight... More »

Don't Swim After Eating? That's Bunk

Also: Don't pee on jellyfish stings

(Newser) - There are so many myths about summer safety, it's a wonder anyone has any fun. Heard that poison ivy is contagious? Not true. Scared of swallowing watermelon seeds? They'll just pass through you. The Washington Post debunks a host of summer myths:
  • Mosquitoes love people who taste sweet?
... More »

Hey Kids: This Summer, Ditch the Gadgets

Yale professor warns against becoming a 'click-vegetable'

(Newser) - The Internet and iPads and smartphones are great for adults—but we need to take a hard look at what they're doing to our kids, warns a computer science professor at Yale. It may be tempting to let them sit down with an iPad come June, but such technology... More »

Why We Need Summer School

Low-income kids lose two months' worth of learning each year: Jeff Smink

(Newser) - Americans hate to sacrifice the traditional “lazy summer”—but the long breaks are taking a toll on kids’ education. “Summers off are one of the most important, yet least acknowledged, causes of underachievement in our schools,” writes Jeff Smink in the New York Times . On average,... More »

Daytime Heat Is Bad; Nighttime Heat Is Deadly

When temps don't cool off at night, it gets truly dangerous

(Newser) - The sun can be brutal during this record heat wave , but it's overnight temperatures that should really worry you, writes Christopher Mims at Grist . In June, Oman recorded the world's highest minimum temperature ever (107.1 degrees), and in many places, minimum night temperatures are rising even faster... More »

What Not to Wear to the Office

Skip the shorts, and the stockings

(Newser) - Temperatures are rising and necklines are plunging—but showing too much cleavage can turn you into the office boob. Don't let your summertime sartorial choices tarnish your workplace reputation, writes Anna Post, a rep for the Emily Post Institute, for Reuters . Her fashion tips:
  • Mix high and low: Pair one
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Best Beaches in US

Coopers Beach in Southampton gets top honors

(Newser) - Dr. Beach—aka Dr. Stephen Leatherman of the Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research—has released his annual list of the top 10 American beaches.
  1. Coopers Beach in Southampton, New York (on Long Island)
  2. Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida
  3. Coronado Beach in San Diego
  4. Cape Hatteras in the Outer
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French Resort Seeks Sun Lotion Appliers

Get $1,160 a week to apply sunscreen to attractive strangers

(Newser) - If you're young, good-looking, and speak French, you might qualify for ultimate summer job: strolling the beaches of France with samples of sunscreen, offering to rub the product into the shoulders of attractive sunbathers. And then there's the pay: $1,160 a week. The gig, being offered by a French... More »

Why Can't You Wear White After Labor Day?

Time explores the origin of a long-standing faux pas

(Newser) - Everyone knows the style rule that you're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day. But why? The rule’s origins are surprisingly difficult to pin down, writes Laura Fitzpatrick for Time. The most conventional explanation has it as a practical matter: white fabric was cooler than the relatively heavy... More »

Say Goodbye to a Sad Excuse for a Summer

When even Joe Biden doesn't make us laugh, something's gone wrong

(Newser) - Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer, and the last day of this exhausting season couldn't come soon enough, writes Joe Queenan in the Wall Street Journal. The weather's been lousy, the movies were mediocre, and Jon and Kate somehow convinced the nation that they mattered. And don't mention... More »

A Supermodel's Summer Reads

You can look smart, but still get your fill of juicy sex

(Newser) - Paulina Porizkova “quit school at 15 to live off of my looks,” but she’s also a lifelong bookworm, she writes for Modelinia. Because she feels “the need to constantly prove I’m not some dumb model,” she offers up her “summer reading for folks... More »

August Is a Snooze— Unless These Crises Hit

Iran, Afghanistan won't spend summer snoozing

(Newser) - August is a snooze—except when it isn't, writes Anne Applebaum for the Washington Post, who points out that World War I and Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait began in the eighth month. For the benefit of "the interns who are manning the shop while everyone is out of... More »

Bring Back the Summer Suit

It's time to bring back the men's summer suit

(Newser) - “Having a distinct summer wardrobe was once the mark of a man in the know,” writes Eric Felten in the Wall Street Journal. A seersucker suit Harry Truman wore in June 1945 led reporters to call him “confident” and “optimistic.” Damon Runyon once wrote, “... More »

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