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Google buildings exposed to toxic vapors left by chipmakers

Vapors from a toxic substance known as TCE have been detected at the company's QD6 and QD7 offices on North Whishman Road in Mountain View, Calif.

By Feb. 22, 2013


Passwords, security, and inertia: A toxic brew

I went to a meeting two days ago, hopped onto the guest Wi-Fi in the conference room, and had to enter a password. That password was 0123456789. It's almost too easy for hackers.

By Jul. 12, 2012


The most toxic cars on the road

All manufacturers tell you how much horsepower, cargo capacity, and safety features are included in their vehicles, but what about the levels of chemicals in the materials?

By Feb. 16, 2012


Google Drive terms of service: 'A toxic brew'

Google isn't about to make your private files public, but that doesn't excuse its sloppy terms of service.

By Apr. 25, 2012


Phew! New smartphones less toxic than older models

Recent models including Apple's iPhone 5 and the Samsung Captivate are less hazardous than old handsets, according to a new chemical analysis.

By Oct. 3, 2012


How Curt Schilling's video game dreams turned toxic

commentary An ambitious plan to create a competitor to "World of Warcraft" and a loan from Rhode Island transformed a politically conservative former baseball star into a case study for foolish government spending.

By May. 23, 2012


Material alert: Toxic flame retardants in baby products

Survey from University of California at Berkeley of common baby products finds 80 percent contain toxic or untested flame retardants and 36 percent contain one banned in the 1970s.

By May. 23, 2011


Navy works to clean up years of toxic pollution (photos)

The former Naval Air Station Alameda in the San Francisco Bay is targeted for environmental remediation.

11 Images By May. 4, 2011


Less toxic oil dispersants sought for Gulf spill

The EPA is pressuring BP to use a different dispersant to break up oil in the Gulf spill, but less toxic alternatives might not be available in the quantities needed.

By May. 25, 2010


Engineering a massive cleanup of toxic waterways (photos)

Boats, barges, and buildings dumped in a San Francisco Bay Area delta are leaching toxic chemicals into local drinking water, but a huge effort to clean it up is under way.

11 Images By Mar. 20, 2010