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Michigan just did something amazing for good food access

A new service will offer loans to businesses to boost low-income communities' access to fresh, healthy food.


What would the planet look like without lichen?

Lichens are "exquisitely" threatened by climate change, and could go extinct within a century.


We picked 10 badass candidates for the new $10 bill

Because the U.S. Treasury decided that it would be "some lady ... !"

Climate & Energy

One benefit to California’s drought: Cleaner beaches

Water quality along Los Angeles County's coast has improved due to less runoff.

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This grocery store wants to sell ugly veggies

In a beautiful victory in the fight against food waste, Raley's will now sell ugly vegetables.

Business & Technology

This electric scooter comes with swappable batteries

Eat your heart out, Elon Musk.


Why are we building a research center full of deadly diseases in the tornado capital of the world?

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is being moved from a remote corner of Long Island to Kansas, right in the middle of Tornado Alley. What could go wrong?

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The pope’s climate change encyclical, in tweets

The pontiff is tweeting up a storm about his new climate change encyclical.

Climate & Energy

Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si” encyclical expresses moral obligation to fight climate change

The letter says in strong words that human activity and production of greenhouse gases are to blame.