Business & Technology

Business & Technology

These battery-powered trains are almost as magical as the Hogwarts Express

They shuttle Brits 12 miles using only batteries the size of a BIC lighter.

Climate & Energy

Climate hawks are not impressed by Obama’s methane plan

The EPA will regulate methane leaks from new oil and gas wells, but will only call for “voluntary” action to plug up leaks at existing wells.

Fare economy

Don’t call Uber and Lyft “ride-sharing,” says AP

Uber and Lyft don't actually 'share' anything, rides or otherwise. The Associated Press suggests calling them "ride-hailing" or "ride-booking" services instead.

Climate & Energy

There are now twice as many solar jobs as coal jobs

A boom in rooftop installations means jobs in solar are growing faster than in fossil fuel extraction.

Food

California almonds drink up 3 years worth of L.A.’s water use

And other amazing facts from the Golden State's epic nut boom.

Food

What America’s nutty demand for almonds is doing to California

It takes a gallon of water to produce one almond. And that's not the most insane fact about the hedge-fund-fueled race to plant thirsty trees in the middle of a catastrophic drought.

The good, the bad, and the kitty

The pros and cons of cheap oil

Cheaper gas means more gas guzzled and more carbon emitted, right? Reality is more nuanced.

Food

I’m trying to eat more local, in-season veggies. Is there an app for that?

What's an aspiring locavore to do? Umbra says don't take it too Siri-ously.

Climate & Energy

Turns out the U.S. oil boom was just a fairy tale

When oil prices recently collapsed, many of North America's shale oil operations went bust with them.