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What’s it like to watch a slaughter?

A visit to the UC-Davis slaughterhouse to watch the transition from livestock to meat offers some lessons in anxiety and respect.


The California drought is killing almond trees, too

That's right: We're talking about almonds and California again, folks, but bear with us.

Climate & Energy

Jeb Bush had some surprising things to say about energy subsidies

The problem with universally condemning energy subsidies is that they're not all the same.


Your bus never comes because the world is a crazy place

The reason that your commute is such a nonstop wonder-rollercoaster has to do with chaos theory. Go figure!

Climate & Energy

A look at California’s ambitious climate plans

California has a rough road ahead on climate change.


Welcome, aliens! Wait, just gimme a sec to clean up

We found a new planet that could support life. If not for ourselves, then for our hypothetical new friends: Let's clean this place up a little.


The trouble with La Croix

La Croix, the carbonated fruit water in a can, is having a moment -- but a can is still a can.

Lather, rinse, repeat

Are all these soaps, detergents, and shampoos just taking us to the cleaners?

Why are there so many different varieties of cleaning products, and do we need them? Umbra has the sudsy answer.


We recall 100 blue whales’ worth of meat a year

This infographic brims with gross food safety facts.