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Sony's aibo, an autonomous robotic dog, has multiple sensors that react to touch.<br>Anda Chu, Bay Area News Group/TNS

Sony's aibo robotic dog can sit, fetch and learn what its owner likes

Aibo, a $2,899 robotic dog from Sony, just might scamper its way onto some wish lists this holiday season. Hoping to replicate the dog's popularity in Japan -- where the electronic pets have a rabid following -- Sony is unleashing a limited-edition litter of aibo robotic dogs in the United States by the end of the year.



With automation, Korean dumplings go global in business bet

Move over pot stickers, here comes another Asian dumpling. South Korea’s largest food company is making a multimillion-dollar bet on “mandu,” developing its own machines to automate the normally labor-intensive production of the Korean dumpling and building factories around the world.


For Minnesota’s 'batch cooking boss,' food can be medicine that actually tastes good

Hundreds of people pay to get an email from Stephanie A. Meyer each week outlining a menu, grocery list and recipes for a week of meals good for those with food sensitivities.

For parents of teenagers in addiction, treatment is expensive, daunting -- and increasingly hard to find

Learning that their child is struggling with a substance-use disorder is any parent’s nightmare. But, especially if the child is still a minor, that realization is often coupled with another overwhelming question: Where can you turn for help? It’s a question without an easy answer.


Want to minimize jet lag? Here's what the doctors order.

An experimental psychologist who researched the military aviation community joins other experts to offer suggestions for fighting jet lag.


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games

‘Tomb Raider’ is a familiar thrill ride with new scenery

Lara Croft is one of a handful of characters the video game industry has produced who scarcely needs an introduction. Three Hollywood films and a slew of cultural criticism have served to fix her in the public imagination as a successful Indiana Jones clone and a metric of how the industry has (and hasn’t) shifted in its portrayal of women. As Josephine Livingstone wrote in The New Republic, Lara Croft’s recent incarnation in games and on the silver screen is “more human, less funny, more abs than boobs.” Basically, still incredibly attractive, but in a less juvenile way.



europe after hours

Bun-D a healthy option among Kaiserslautern community center’s fast-food eateries

I’m normally among the first to sample any new eateries around Vogelweh and Ramstein. I celebrated the debuts of Dunkin’ Donuts, Popeyes and P.F. Chang’s as I lamented the fiery demise of the parking-lot Burger King and the disappearance of Chili’s Too. I welcomed the expansion of Shawingz and Doener Time into Vogelweh’s Kazabra Club. I’m anxiously awaiting Boston Market’s attempt to succeed where Captain D’s failed and intend to contribute what I can to that success.



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the meat and potatoes of life

The lame duck in the chicken coop

In my 23 years as a military spouse, we lived in base housing four times, for a total of 11 years. Although living among sterile government buildings enclosed by fences sometimes made me feel like an inmate in an asylum, the social culture in military housing more closely parallels the behavior of chickens in a coop.