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Can we cope with climate change by genetically engineering … people?

Don't worry -- it's just a thought experiment. For now.

Boil and Trouble

Is it safe to cook with hot tap water?

A reader is eager to get a jump-start on his pasta by opening the hot-water tap -- but Umbra gives him a few heavy reasons to hold off.


Check out the finalists of this biomimicry invention contest

In this competition based on biomimicry, new ideas for improving the food system draw inspiration from earthworms, ants, and mangrove trees.

Climate & Energy

Shell has given up on Arctic Ocean drilling, but Big Oil still wants to get into the Arctic Refuge

The fight for Alaska's oil isn't over yet.


What do Republicans think about clean energy?

A new poll finds some encouraging numbers suggesting that "climate-conscious conservative" is not a contradiction in terms.

Climate & Energy

China’s climate action plan is pushing Brazil and other big developing countries to step up

Brazil is now the first major developing country to pledge absolute reductions in emissions -- and for that, you can thank China.

Business & Technology

Under realistic driving conditions, diesel cars emit a lot of extra pollution

Volkswagen isn't the only one with misleading emissions data.

Business & Technology

The new Tesla SUV is perfect for paranoid billionaires who care about the climate

The all-electric Model X has a bioweapon defense mode, "Back to the Future" doors, and a $130,000 price tag.


Is the West Antarctic ice sheet collapsing? These scientists want to go find out

Bad weather conditions on Thwaites Glacier make it a dangerous place to visit, but we need more than satellite data to understand how it's melting.