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Don’t do what this cyclist did to get her stolen ride back

Takeaways: Use a U-lock, put a tracker on your bike, record your serial number, and don’t let the thief know you’re on the scent!


Here’s the hippest neighborhood in your city

This list breaks down your city’s Williamsburg (hippest area) and Bushwick (up-and-coming area).


Ask Umbra: How can I be sure my recycling gets … recycled?

A reader is suspicious that her co-mingle is getting hauled to the landfill. Umbra does a little sleuthing.

Climate & Energy

Snow’s melting in Alaska and pelting the South. What’s going on?

An uncommonly sharp kink in the jet stream is partly responsible for plunging more than half of the United States into the freeze.


Hawaii lawmakers move to block local bans on GMOs, pesticides

Hawaii lawmakers have stepped in to protect Monsanto, Syngenta, and other ag giants from local laws that restrict their operations.


U.S. transportation policy throws minorities under the bus. Will Obama fix it?

In his State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to fund transportation projects. But will we just throw more money at highways, or consider folks with bus passes, too?


This vegetable vending machine is our kind of fast food

Anything not sold in 24 hours is donated to a homeless shelter.


White roofs are better than green roofs, and everything’s better than black

Let's paint the town white.

Business & Technology

Anti-fracking activist barred from 312.5 square miles of Pennsylvania

The court injunction brought in by an oil and gas company makes even supermarkets off-limits for Vera Scroggins

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