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Food

This awesome lady scientist explains microorganisms to geeky chefs

There's a friendly lady microbiologist at Harvard named Rachel Dutton who is willing to field chefs' inquiries about their fermented creations.

Business & Technology

These wind turbines were modeled after stegosauri

Generally, gigantic engineering companies don’t truck with whimsy. But Siemens, which makes many of the wind turbines popping up on horizons around the world, has created a suite of new products that makes turbines more …

Dumpster gardens make your block look prettier because trees, and uglier because dumpsters

A Brooklyn man wants to beautify Brooklyn with dumpster gardens that aren't really that beautiful.

Climate & Energy

New eBay for recyclable oils makes it way easier to power your biodiesel car

It's cheap and easy to use but hard to get, but possibly getting easier, with the first ever online marketplace for recycled oils.

Food

Ingredient-delivery services let you make ‘home-cooked’ food without picking up a knife

For those who crave a home-cooked meal but find the process of making food entirely from scratch … unnecessary, new services are springing up to combine the benefits of delivery and home-cooking, all in one …

Why yes, this IS a music video about climate change featuring Bill Nye and Isaac Asimov

The song features Bill Nye dropping some science, with guest vocalists Isaac Asimov, scientist Richard Alley, and David Attenborough.

Male killer whales need their mommies to survive

Girl humans tend to go all gooey when a guy loves his mama — like tipping well, it’s an indicator of good boyfriend material. Girl orcas, though, might just sneer and say “oh, of course …

Northern Virginia seems to have a rabid beaver problem

If you don't want to get bitten by a rabid beaver, best to avoid Northern Virginia, where there have been a spate of attacks.

Climate & Energy

Four decades of BS coal ads

QuitCoal.org has amassed quite a collection of misleading coal ads, misrepresenting coal’s safety, its abundance, its environmental impact, and how likely it is to save us from totalitarianism. Here we present samples of ads by …

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