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How 3 - in - 1 Credit Reports Work

FICO's latest analysis of consumer credit reports shows that 25.5 percent of Americans now have a credit score of 599 or below, which marks them as risks for lenders. How can you get a handle on your credit health?

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How the Amazon Kindle Works

Monday, Amazon.com reported that its Kindle e-book sales have overtaken its hardback book sales. How does a book get from Amazon's e-book store to the Kindle?

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How 3-in-1 Credit Reports Work

FICO's latest analysis of consumer credit reports shows that 25.5 percent of Americans now have a credit score of 599 or below, which marks them as risks for lenders. How can you get a handle on your credit health?

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How ADHD Works

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that spending too much time watching TV and playing video games can double the risk of attention problems in children. How can you tell if a child has ADHD?

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How Foursquare Works

According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, startup Web site Foursquare is close to getting funding that will allow it to expand. What are the basic features of Foursquare's location-based service, and how can you use them?

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What's more important, water on the moon or on Mars?

A new study in the journal Science shows that water and other conditions suitable for life may have once existed all over Mars. Which discovery -- water on the moon or on Mars -- holds the most promise for people on Earth?

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How Home Staging Works

On June 27 of each year, local, state and national organizations oA report released by the National Association of Realtors this week shows that sales of previously owned homes in the United States slipped 2.2 percent in May. If you're trying to sell a house, how can home staging help?

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Who should get tested for HIV?

On June 27 of each year, local, state and national organizations observe National HIV Testing Day: a day to promote HIV testing and dispel the stigma surrounding HIV. Who should take the opportunity to get tested this year?

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How Multiple Sclerosis Works

A new study published in the journal Neurology shows that keeping a mentally active lifestyle may help reduce the memory and learning problems that often affect people with multiple sclerosis. What other treatments are available for MS?

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Is cyberwar coming?

A distributed denial of service attack, in which lots of computers connect to a site to try to bring it down, hit South Korean government Web sites last week. Is it possible to prepare for cyber warfare?

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Top 10 Shark Attack Stories

This week, 41-year-old surfer Michael Bedford survived an attack by a great white shark off of Australia's South Coast. What are some of the most captivating shark attack stories of all time?

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How Internet Censorship Works

In a white paper released Tuesday, China reiterated its Internet censorship policy, saying it would continue to filter anything subversive to national unity. What other countries put tight restrictions on Internet access?

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How Space Collisions Work

An amateur astronomer in Australia witnessed an object -- which scientists now believe to be a meteor -- hitting Jupiter last week. How often do space collisions like these occur, and what are the most common types?

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How Migraines Work

New findings published in the American Journal of Medicine show that people who get migraine headaches are twice as likely as those who don't to have a stroke. What factors can trigger a migraine?

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How Hurricanes Work

Hurricane season officially kicked off on Tuesday, and some scientists are worried about how a storm might affect the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. How do hurricanes form, and what kind of damage are they capable of?

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Do gamers make good soldiers?

According to new research presented last week at New York University's Games for Learning conference, playing video games may help improve people's vision and other brain functions. But can it make them better soldiers?

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How Black Holes Work

New findings presented at the 216th meeting of the American Astronomical Society suggest that two unusual black holes may help astronomers understand more about the evolution of galaxies. How do black holes form in the first place?

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10 Amazing Telescopes

According to a new report in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the Hubble space telescope has discovered a Milky Way planet that's in the process of being devoured by a star. How does the Hubble compare to some other amazing telescopes in size and power?

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Are social networking sites addictive?

A new study commissioned by the U.K.'s National Family Week shows that 40 percent of girls ages 8 to 15 identify Facebook as one of the most important things in their lives. Could this level of attachment to a social networking site be dangerous?

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Is your drywall making you sick?

One of the companies involved in litigation over Chinese-made drywall, Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co., is now negotiating settlements with builders that used its drywall product. How can you tell if you have toxic drywall in your home?

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