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Cricket game

In which I feed my children “land shrimp”

Crickets make a great sustainable protein source. But there are still some problems with the yum factor -- we lack a culinary tradition for bugs.

Living

What happens if I flush leftover drugs down the toilet?

A reader wonders about the best way to dispose of unneeded medicine. Umbra plumbs for answers.

Climate & Energy

The Navy gears up for huge war games in Alaska — wildlife and environment be damned

As climate change melts Arctic ice, the military is increasingly focused on the far north. That's bad news for ecosystems and native people.

Food

Go diving for sea urchins with a hilarious 73-year-old

This video explores San Diego's awesome food scene.

Green Screen

Is Tomorrowland the most dystopian movie of 2015?

Hype around Tomorrowland has focused on the film’s optimism -- look at this happy, perfect future we could have! It's not that simple.

Climate & Energy

Climate change is messing with gravity again

Antarctic ice is still melting at a gravity-shifting rate. Climate change is really heavy stuff.

Cities

Diverse cities don’t always have diverse neighborhoods

Some of the most racially "diverse" cities in the country are also the most segregated.

Politics

It’s official: California farmers volunteer to give up water

The state has already asked most farmers and residents to cut water use. Now it's turning to the people whose water rights are first in legal line.

Living

Sea lion, fed up with climate change, hits the bar

All jokes about sea lions and Hair of the Dogs aside, starving sea lions landing in Newport bars is really upsetting.