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

Groaning Board

How can I avoid wasting food over the holidays?

A father with too much Halloween candy on his hands inspires Umbra to dish up advice for enjoying the holidays -- without being a pig.

Boiler Maker

Should I heat my house with oil or natural gas?

A homebuyer wonders which filthy fossil fuel will keep her cozy this winter, and Umbra cranks out an answer.

Steam Team

What’s the best way to dehumidify my apartment?

If winter means "wet" in your neck of the woods, Umbra has a few hints for making sure your dwelling stays high and dry.

Cold Clocked

Turns out Daylight Saving Time really does suck

When an exhausted reader wonders what the benefits of Daylight Saving Time really are, Umbra sets the record (and the clock) straight.

Chemise All That

I subscribe to clothing share. Is that an eco-friendly move — or just wasteful?

A reader wonders if clothing subscriptions are a smart way to shop or just another symptom of overconsumption, and Umbra registers her opinion.

Lather, Rinse, Recoil

Does eco-friendly shampoo have a short shelf life?

Should we toss natural beauty products more often than conventional brands? Umbra applies herself to a fresh question.

Vine to Five

Will my houseplant clean the air?

Umbra helps a reader grow wiser about the many benefits of introducing a little greenery into the office.

Spray It? Don't Say It!

What’s the deal with pesticides and local food?

When an inquisitive shopper wonders if her local farmers are dousing her with misinformation about pesticides, Umbra produces an answer.


What’s the deal with anti-odor exercise apparel?

They stave off the stink, but they contain some shadowy chemicals.