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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.

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

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


Mealworms munch on Styrofoam without dying, shock scientists

They'll turn your foam coffee cup into "non-toxic poop pellets."


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.


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.


Congress just missed a chance to help hungry kids. Here’s what happened

Advocates are hoping a new school lunch law will include some modest additions to the national programs.

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Whole Foods will stop selling food made by prisoners

Two products sold at Whole Foods came under fire for using inmate labor.

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