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Robots could make recycling cheaper and safer

Some jobs are so dangerous that we might be better handing them off to robots entirely.

Climate & Energy

Who are the rich Californians using millions of gallons of water a year? It’s a secret

California’s public water agencies are allowing residents to use as much water as they want to buy -- even in the middle of a drought.


Fossil fuels may be causing some serious damage on “The Leftovers” — just like in real life!

The HBO series' season two premiere featured some Texan earthquakes ... sound familiar?

This genius wants to make fuel from poop — no butts about it

Engineer to use $100,000 MacArthur award on feces-to-fuel work.


Retirement homes open up to college students. Everybody wins

Students live rent-free in a retirement home in the Netherlands in exchange for working with elder residents.

Splash Landing

What should I do with my old bathtub?

Umbra advises a landlord whose tenants were tough on their tub -- but the lack of options leaves her fuming.

Climate & Energy

From the Christian Coalition to climate change: One conservative activist’s story

Michele Combs, founder of Young Conservatives for Energy Reform, is working to engage Republicans on clean energy and climate change.


Too many apples? Here’s what to do with them (Hint: It’s not pie)

This fall season, fall in love with savory apple flatbread.

Business & Technology

Retired miners screwed over in coal bankruptcy plan

Guaranteed health benefits for coal miners and their spouses might be used to pay the bills for a bankrupt coal company.

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