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Climate & Energy

No place is safe from fracking, not even graveyards

No place blessed with an abundance of natural gas is safe from the possibility of fracking — not even cemeteries. In Texas, the president of the cemetery association has already been selling the gas underneath …


Finally, a pizza you can eat three times a day

Dreams do come true: Eating pizza for every meal could be perfectly healthy. Only catch: You’d have to be eating the “first nutritionally balanced pizza.” A pizza that has seaweed in the crust. Which is …


Texas GOP officially comes out against critical thinking

Who needs book larnin': The Texas GOP’s platform is explicitly opposed to critical thinking skills in education.


Here’s why the prettiest tomatoes taste the worst

It turns out it's genetic -- the gene that makes tomatoes ripen uniformly also ruins their taste.

Watch an engine take itself apart, clean itself, and put itself back together

When your stuff breaks, the world is usually better off if you can fix or refurbish it rather than throwing it out and buying a new one. But that’s hard and not everyone knows how …


The news pays almost 50 times more attention to Kardashians than to ocean acidification

It’s probably not a huge surprise that ocean acidification, a carbon-induced chemical change that poses a huge threat to sea life, gets way less media coverage than the Kardashians, a family of prancing ninnies that …


These amazing lamps are made of salt

If Daniel McDonald’s Shio lamps didn’t cost $475 and up, they could do double duty seasoning your food or attracting deer. At this price point, you probably want to preserve them, unless you’re Tony Stark …

Renewable Energy

Spray-on solar windows use teeny tiny solar cells to capture energy

If the Internet has taught us anything, it is that everything is better when it is smaller. Kittens are better than cats. Cake pops are better than cakes. LEGO models of anything are pretty great, …


These adorable kids are earning bikes by helping their community

The Rails to Trails Conservancy’s Earn-a-Bike program lets these Baltimore youths spend four weeks learning about bike maintenance, healthy eating, and caring for the Earth and their community — and at the end of it, …