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Cities

New walkability scoring site factors in safety, attractiveness, and hills

Walk Score is a wonderful thing, but it is not perfect. Therefore, it now has some competitors. The newest would-be Walk Score killer is Walkonomics, a site that tells you more than just how close …

Living

$50 solar-powered water purifier is so green it’s like a joke

This invention is like a parody of a green technology: It’s solar-powered, it reduces pollution, and it provides clean water. All at once!! But we have to admit, it looks pretty useful and is actually …

How sea otters are saving the oceans

Sea otters are not only cute, they are important to the health of the ocean. This is how it works: When there are too many sea urchins, there is not enough kelp. When there is not enough …

Food

Coming soon: Non-vegan, non-kosher bananas

Food scientists have come up with an evil plan to make bananas off-limits to strict vegans, people keeping kosher, and anyone with an iodine allergy: They want to coat the fruit with shellfish. Specifically, they’d …

Another day, another animal stuffed down a man’s pants

The slender loris has endured a mighty struggle to survive. This struggle generally involves things like poaching by crazy people who think lorises can cure things like impotence and asthma, but on Monday, that struggle …

Politics

Ahmadinejad says Iran’s enemies are destroying the rain clouds

Rush Limbaugh will be pleased* to know that he and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have something in common: They’re both so balls-to-the-wall bonkers that they think their enemies can control the weather. Or well, OK, …

Giant daddy long-legs invade Seattle

Arachnophobes, beware: A science illustrator adorned the roof of the Seattle Center Armory with monstrously large photorealistic daddy long-legs.

Reality TV can now give you hantavirus (Update: Or not)

You know those nice, selfless, saintly people on TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, the ones that help their absolutely insane and generally repulsive neighbors clean out 46 years of TV Guides/foot soaking machines/animal carcasses? And you’ve always …

Cities

Beautiful street art turns footsteps into trees

As income levels in China increase, more people are driving cars, and China Environmental Protection Foundation hired DDB China to come up with a way to hammer into people’s heads that walking can be a …

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