Sarah Laskow

Sarah Laskow is a reporter based in New York City who covers environment, energy, and sustainability issues, among other things.

Animals

Tiny squid may be killing themselves by having too much sex

Marathon three-hour sex sessions may SOUND like a good idea, but if you’re a 2.8-inch long southern dumpling squid, it may tire you out so much that you can’t feed or protect yourself, says a new study.

Cities

19th-century London had a train line just for dead people

Back in mid-19th century England, public transportation was popular enough that even dead people had their own railway. P. D. Smith writes: The London Necropolis Railway station was constructed by the London Necropolis & National …

Cities

City takes your collected trash, gives you fresh food in return

A growing number of cities in Central and South America are giving residents what may be the best deal ever made: You give us trash, and we give you food.

Living

‘Weed dating’ is like speed dating, but dirtier

I don’t know what you all look for in a mate, but if one of those qualities is “a willingness to trade farm labor for the possibility of romance,” you might skip speed dating and …

Climate & Energy

16-year-old scientist could turn Egypt’s plastic problem into a biofuel boom

What have you done for your country lately? Sixteen-year-old Azza Abdel Hamid Falad has figured out a way to make Egypt $78 million worth of biofuel each year. The key: an inexpensive catalyst that will turn plastic into fuel.

Animals

Mayor Stubbs, cat, celebrates 15 years in office

Talkeetna, Alaska, isn’t going to the dogs. It’s going to the cats — or really, one cat, which has been mayor of the town for 15 years. Mayor Stubbs was voted in by a write-in …

Living

This truck travels the country collecting stories about seeds

Seeds are natural beginnings for stories: From a small start, they grow into a larger world and eventually end. They’re also good subjects of stories: Where did they come from? Who loved them enough to …

Cities

New York’s newest street, 6 ½ Ave., is just for pedestrians

For years, 1,200 people an hour have been seeing this six-block stretch of street in secret. But finally, New York City is bringing these back-alley relationships into the light, and giving them the official municipal …

Cities

Uber lets you summon the ice cream truck right to your doorstep

Today six U.S. cities (and Toronto, but who cares) have access to the most cherished dream of every American child: ON-DEMAND ICE CREAM. This changes summer forever. Uber, the start-up that will send a livery-service …

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