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Cities

Dear architects: Stop trying to make shipping container buildings happen

They're cheap and everywhere. But the big steel boxes aren't as good a fit for human habitation as all those design competitions suggest.

Science

Hungry polar bears trap Arctic researchers

Seriously, polar bears -- stop being jerks.

Climate & Energy

Grey swans are extremely rare, damaging storms. How will climate change affect them?

A new study finds that storms with no historical precedent might become more likely over the coming century.

Food

U.S. restaurants are terrible at getting wasted food to the hungry. Can we change that?

It makes a lot of sense for restaurants to donate uneaten food to the poor, yet most throw it out.

Climate & Energy

What can a president do to boost renewable energy? A lot

Even without approval from Congress, Obama or his successor could take big steps to promote clean energy projects on federal land.

What's the buzz?

Bees and flowers have a special relationship, and climate change is screwing it up

This video explains how climate-induced changes in flowering cycles could make for pollination trouble.

Living

Gamers guzzle a crazy amount of energy

Battling virtual monsters can end up requiring a lot of computing power.

Climate & Energy

Marijuana industry struggles with devastating wildfire season

Blazes along the West Coast have pot farmers starting to feel the burn.

Science

Climate change will do strange things to this hungry little microbe

Trichodesmium is a crucial marine microbe, but it could eat itself to death under high CO2 conditions.

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