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Walking is so hard insurance companies will pay us to do it now

OK, the intentions are good. But really, America?

Living

Are my faux fingernails full of toxins?

A reader frets that her nail wraps might make her sick. Umbra goes in search of the manicure.

Climate & Energy

Cuomo bans fracking in NY and questions climate science all in one day

The governor said the public health risks from fracking were too big -- and then he said talking about climate science is "political."

Living

14 Instagrams to see before you die

Stuck at your desk all day? Live vicariously through these Instagram accounts. And try not to be too jealous.

Living

How to be a science girl in a Barbie world

In the age of affirmative action and more and more women in higher education, why are women going so underrepresented in scientific fields?

Living

D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah': Battle hymns for today’s activists

After 14 years of silence, the musician has produced a spiritual soundtrack for the people marching for the climate, and for justice, everywhere.

Climate & Energy

Your electric vehicle might not be as green as you think it is

If you get your power from coal, an EV actually causes more environmental and health damage than a gas-powered car. But as we shift to cleaner energy, EVs make more sense.

six greased belayers

Make lovely smelling muscle rub for the athlete in your life

On the sixth day of DIY Christmas, whip up a batch of homemade muscle rub.

Politics

The very first thing the new Republican Senate will do is try to push through Keystone

Mitch McConnell, incoming Senate majority leader, just can’t wait to get his colleagues to vote “yes” on the controversial tar-sands pipeline.

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