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Politics

Why some grads are refusing to pay their student loans

Occupy leaders' latest move is supporting students who were burned by a shady for-profit college.

Let’s take it back to the old school

Tiny apartments: The new trend that’s not actually new

Decades ago, lots of Americans lived in rooming houses and residential hotels. Today's micro-pods are just resurrecting a good old idea.

Food

Meet Amanda Cohen, the raddest vegetarian chef in the U.S.

Chef Amanda Cohen wants to boost women in the kitchen, pay her employees equal wages, and get you to eat your vegetables while she's at it.

Living

19 badass Little Free Libraries spotted by our readers

Tiny libraries made from bicycle parts, painted in Hufflepuff colors, and crafted with stained glass? Knowledge can be dangerous and adorable.

Living

Patricia Arquette had a great Oscar speech — and then something went wrong

In a post-ceremony press conference, Arquette said a couple of things that were markedly less clap-worthy.

Aw, shucks

This map shows where your state’s oysters are in trouble

A new study pinpoints when ocean acidification will become a big problem near you.

Climate & Energy

Climate-denying scientist got piles of money from fossil fuel interests

Willie Soon, a favorite among climate deniers, describes his research as "deliverables" in correspondence with his dirty funders.

Food

Russian outfit plans to spend $25 million to secretly study GMOs

The world could use more studies of GMO crops and health. But if they're going to make any headway, they'll need to be a lot more open.

Living

Is there such a thing as a green snowblower?

A reader needs help clearing her driveway. Umbra digs deep for an answer.