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Green Home

Watch a robot make a 3D-printed chair out of old refrigerators

Designer Dirk van der Kooij makes cool, modern-looking plastic furniture out of defunct refrigerators and other plastic waste. The plastic is ground up, then squeezed out like soft serve into a computerized pattern.

Chart: The mind-boggling rise in Asian coal consumption

You may have heard that all that coal we’re not using in the U.S. is going to China. (Thanks, Warren Buffett!) At Wonkblog, Brad Plumer has posted a chart about this that will boggle your …

Transportation

Young people drive 23 percent less, bike 40 percent more than they used to

The kids are all right: Between 2001 and 2009, the average number of miles that young’uns spent tooling around in a car dropped from 10,300 miles per capita to 7,900.

Critical List: It’s been really, really warm; polar bears have a weird disease

A look at the news of the day.

Climate Change

Climate change could give you rabies

If rabid environmental activists don’t get their way, the rest of us might end up rabid too. This year’s drought is leading to a huge jump in rabies rates in stricken states, and climate change …

Scary Food

Oh my god, hot-dog-stuffed-crust pizza, humans are no longer authorized to make food

What is wrong with all of you?

Animals

Here’s a seal helping a stranded turtle get in the water, you’re welcome

       

Living

New film about fracking stars Matt Damon, John Krasinski, and maybe you

Ryan Gosling may have saved a woman from a speeding car, but some of our other favorite stars are doing the next best thing: starring in an anti-fracking movie. Gus Van Sant is directing, and …

Politics

Congressman brags about forcing vegetarians to ‘confess’

Has Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) ever met a vegetarian? They're not exactly secretive about it. It's like forcing people to "confess" that they're on the paleo diet. Spoiler alert: THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW.

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