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Umbra Fisk is Grist Research Associate II, Hardcover and Periodicals Unit, floors 2B-4B.

Good buy, world

Here’s why it’s so important to buy recycled products

Advice columnist Umbra Fisk cycles through the reasons.

Pull the plug

Should I keep my laptop plugged in while I use it?

A reader wants to know how best to preserve his computer's battery. Advice columnist Umbra Fisk charges in with answers.

Spinning a good yarn

Is synthetic yarn for the birds?

A knitter wonders if it's OK to put acrylic yarn scraps outside for birds to make nests with. Umbra Fisk swoops in with an answer.

Finer dining

What’s the best way to deal with restaurant leftovers?

Advice columnist Umbra Fisk dishes up advice on dodging the Styrofoam clamshell.

Ex-squeeze me

Can I recycle baby food pouches?

Advice columnist Umbra Fisk unpacks what you need to know about those popular, squishy containers of ready-to-eat kiddo treats.

Don't be a pill

Here’s how to keep your sweaters lasting longer

Advice columnist Umbra Fisk pulls the wool from our eyes and tells us how to find high-quality knitwear and keep it looking good.

State of play

How can I find a nontoxic playmat for my kid?

A mom wants her kid to be able to do gymnastics safely. Umbra tumbles onto the scene with suggestions.

In the neonic of time

Help! There’s pesticide on my houseplant

A reader discovers that her new palm has been treated with a neonicotinoid. Advice columnist Umbra Fisk comes to the rescue.

H2-oh no!

Should I be using a water filter?

Advice columnist Umbra Fisk pours forth wisdom on drinking water safety and filtration systems.