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Climate & Energy

Plants are secret geniuses

Annalee Newitz at io9 has collected 10 pieces of evidence that plants are smarter than you think, and it might make you look at your potted ficus in a new light. It turns out there’s …

Living

Website shows you your place in the universe (and yes, you are very very small)

The Scale of the Universe is a web-based Total Perspective Vortex that will make you feel very very small — or very very large — with the swipe of a mouse. You start at the …

Climate Change

Did climate change cause the Salem witch trials?

A little ice age around the time of the 1692 Salem witch trials led to crop failures and shortages of fish, which put everyone in a mood to find a scapegoat, says a newly resurfaced …

Pollution

Super-polluted city tries to clean itself with smog-eating paint

Manila is one of the world’s five dirtiest cities, but graffiti? That’s not a problem. It’s not that people don’t paint on the walls in the hyper-polluted Philippines capital, because they do. But they do …

Cleantech

Chair-dance-worthy indie rock video explains why plastics don’t have to suck

It's like Threadless and the Arcade Fire teamed up with BASF to talk about green chemistry and the threat of peak oil.

Climate Change

People sitting in warm rooms are more likely to believe in global warming

All this time we’ve been trying to make the public understand climate change using science and logic, and it turns out we could have just made everyone wear sweaters. People’s beliefs about climate change are …

Critical List: New rules for fracking’s air pollution; prehistoric microbes live

Natural gas companies have to work on sending less methane and other hazardous compounds into the air, according to new EPA rules. The House passed that new Keystone XL provision. Oregon towns on the coast …

Animals

Kangaroo genitals are weirder than you ever thought possible

Animal lovers, listen up: Critters are cute and everything, but you should know that nature is fucking weird. And nothing fucks weirder than kangaroos.

Animals

Forest service to explode frozen cows

Last fall, cows that were grazing on federal land in Colorado took refuge in a cabin, then froze to death or were trapped by cows' general inability to figure out how to exit thngs. Now …