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Cuts to food stamps will hit red state residents hardest

The states with the highest hunger rates include the GOP strongholds of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennesee, West Virginia, and Louisiana.


Ask Umbra: My dog’s pee pads are breaking my heart

A reader wants to find a sustainable alternative to her dog's disposable pee pads. Umbra sniffs around for an answer.


Monsanto’s 10 most misleading talking points on GMO labeling

The biotech giant will go to great lengths to spin the story on GMO labeling, even if that means making claims it can't support.


Two ways to concentrate and save tomatoes

Have a bunch of tomatoes lying around? Lucky you! Here are two delicious ways to make them last.

Climate & Energy

An oceanographer, a marine chemist, and a couple of geologists walk into a bar …

The Slow Ride Stories gang descends on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in search of a punchline for this joke -- and a few answers to life's persistent questions.


Prescription for healthier humans: More time at the park

The average boy partakes in two minutes of “vigorous activity” each day. The average girl, just one minute. The solution is right down the street.


Chick magnet: Why starting a poultry farm is like starting a band (but harder)

Despite grain price spikes and impossible hours, the trio of young farmers raising heritage chickens at Dinner Bell Farm is in it for the long haul.


What the Dark Knight knows about holding our urban lives together

"The Dark Knight Rises" might be a crazy movie full of plot holes -- but it understands the systems that serve as the vulnerable hearts of our cities.

Business & Technology

Looking for kids’ books? Avoid this Monsanto propaganda

A book with cute illustrations introduces kids to the "neat topic" of biotechnology, but fails to mention hazards associated with GMOs, like increased pesticide use and possible liver and kidney damage.