Young readers, already worried about Harry Potter, now face a new threat. Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler, 36) says at least two characters will die in his 13th and final "A Series of Unfortunate Events" book, "The End." The fate of the Baudelaire orphans and their nemesis, Count Olaf, will be revealed when 2.5 million copies go on sale at 12:01 a.m.
Darin Jones, 15, liked to buy three slices of pizza, a Gatorade and a cookie for lunch at his Vero Beach, Fla., high school. But that stopped once his school started using MealpayPlus.com, which allowed his mom to prepay for his food--and go online to track his purchases. "I noticed stuff I had no idea he was buying," she says.
For the best snapshots, photographers are now clicking more with their computers. Credit online photo sites, which are growing in a ... flash. (We couldn't resist.) This year, U.S. consumers will spend $300 million ordering prints or photo booty--mugs, mousepads, calendars--over the Internet, up 50 percent from 2004.
The "Magic School Bus" series is flying back onto shelves. After a seven-year absence, the beloved series about an airborne schoolbus that takes kids on farfetched educational field trips is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new book in September and possibly even a movie and a computer game. "The franchise doesn't need to be reinvented," says Deborah Forte, president of Scholastic Media. "It needs to be extended."The series, featuring the eccentric teacher Ms.
A few weeks ago Chelsea, a cavalier King Charles spaniel, escaped from her home. A Wayne, N.J., animal-control officer waved a scanner over a micro-chip embedded in the skin between Chelsea's shoulders--and looked up the address that matched her ID number. "Within minutes they were able to reunite her with us," says her owner, Robert Gordon, a vet who routinely inserts microchips into pets.Microchips aren't new--the technology's been around for two decades--but they've been slow to catch on in...
Smooth the brow, brighten the eye ... " the pioneering psychologist William James wrote in 1890, describing a self-help technique for overcoming depression, "and your heart must be frigid indeed if it does not gradually thaw." In James's lifetime there was no easy way to follow this advice because Botox hadn't been invented.
Aging boomers aren't the only ones using Viagra--college men are, too. In a new anonymous survey of 234 sexually active male students at three college campuses, researchers at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago found that 6 percent have used erectile-dysfunction medications.
Anne Frank's 1947 "Diary of a Young Girl" is the most famous of its genre, but it's not the only one. With Holocaust Remembrance Day this week, there are dozens of new kid-lit titles about the war's atrocities.
With temperatures--as well as the price of public transport--on the rise, it's the perfect time to leave your car at home and take a scooter to work. For Andy Church of London, the advantages include easy (and often free) parking, no congestion charge and a quicker commute. "And besides a push-pedal bike," he adds, "it's the greenest way of getting round." And they are just plain cool.
Published in The New England Journal of Medicine; led by A. John Rush at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. KEY FINDING: About half the patients who take antidepressants for depression do not get better after initial treatment and should try a different medication.While the study does raise questions about the effectiveness of treatments, don't give up right away.