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Food

This is why you’re seeing Mason jars everywhere

If only down-home images could make food healthier and more sustainable, all our food system's problems would vanish.

Living

6 problems we’d solve by drawing dicks on them

There’s a new hero in town, and his name is Wanksy.

bee minus

Bees are addicted to pesticide-laden junk food, too

It turns out bees may prefer nectar when it's laced with common pesticides, says a new study.

Politics

Right-wing think tank wants to convince the pope he’s wrong about climate change

The notorious climate-denying Heartland Institute is sending a team of climate "scientists" to Rome to show Pope Francis the errors of his ways.

Food

How the Bay Area’s last slaughterhouse dodged the axe

You want local meat? You're gonna need a local slaughterhouse. It took a tanking economy and a massive beef recall to save the last such outfit in the Bay Area.

Food

California’s drought isn’t doomsday, but yes, it will change the state

The most nightmarish scenarios of California's dry future are unlikely to happen. Still, the state must use the crisis as a wakeup call to use water more smartly.

Living

Is climate change killing my California dream?

A reader wonders if Cali is going to dry up and blow away. Umbra sprinkles a little wisdom on the subject.

Climate & Energy

Watch Obama get really angry — and really funny — when he rants about climate change

In a joke-packed speech to the White House Correspondents' Association, Obama got so "angry" at climate deniers that he scared off his "anger translator."

Hubble Beginnings

Hubble just turned 25. Here’s what it was like to grow up with it.

The Hubble Space Telescope shows us the far reaches of our universe -- and that tells us a lot about us, too.