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Business & Technology

GM wheat trial fails, but science wins anyway

British researchers tried to engineer a kind of wheat that would repel bugs without need for insecticide. They failed, but they still learned a lot.

KANYE WHO?

The Dalai Lama calls for swift climate action and pals around with Patti Smith

Forget Kanye West -- the Tibetan leader rocked a panel on climate change to discuss environmental responsibility and Pope Francis' encyclical.

Science

Humans really are unprecedented in Earth’s geological history — and that’s a bad thing

The science is in! The planet hasn't changed this much since the evolution of multicellular animals.

Science

Do we really need to spend money on social science?

Should we really be spending limited science funding on social science and climate change art, when we haven't figured out all the hard stuff yet?

Living

How should I get rid of old Barbies and Legos?

What to do with old Barbies, Lego bricks, and other plastic toys? Umbra sorts through the disposal dilemmas represented by the toybox.

Climate & Energy

Here’s the only explainer on California drought you need

What's up with the Colorado River? What are my water rights? Should I feel guilty about almonds? Answers to these questions and more.

Feeling guilty about the climate? Confess, sinner!

Sometimes you need to get all that secret environmental guilt off your plate -- we have just the hotline for you.

Living

“The Last Survivors” is drought’s worst-case scenario — and it looks pretty bad

If your post-apocalyptic future involves the worst of water-privatization and hand-to-hand combat, you know you're really in for it.

Shame In Our Game

Does shame have a place in the climate fight? Jennifer Jacquet thinks so

The climate psychologist and author of "Is Shame Necessary?" explains why need more shame (and less guilt) if we're going to fix the climate.

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