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Animals

Ontario sets up salamander superhighway

The city of Burlington in Ontario has a dwindling population of Jefferson salamanders (colloquially known as “Jeffies”). There are only about 100 left in the area, and Burlington is one of the only places in …

Election 2012

Watch Stephen Colbert yell at a plant

Stephen Colbert understands the Republican candidates’ aversion to big words, logic, facts, and critical thinking. That’s why he wants to applaud how good they are at being as dumb as possible as fast as possible …

Oil

Your best new argument against tar-sands mining: George W. Bush supports it

There are a lot of good arguments for opposing oil-sands development and the Keystone XL pipeline. But just today two more very excellent ones emerged. One involves science. The other involves George W. Bush.

Animals

Surrogate-mom housecat gives birth to endangered kitten

The African black-footed cat is one of the world's smallest felines -- and there are only 40 in captivity worldwide.

Animals

Man braves radiation exposure to care for Fukushima’s abandoned animals

Meet the modern-day, post-apocalyptic Dr. Doolittle. Naoto Matsumura lives right inside the Fukushima evacuation zone in the town of Tomioka, just 10 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The reason he’s stayed in …

Politics

Florida Republican thinks we should sell off national parks

Legislators are always looking for ways to pull America out of its bajillion-dollar deficit. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) came up with his own master plan that is totally not crazy at all — sell off …

Critical List: Oil sands carbon footprint revised upwards; new frog discovered in NYC

Oil sands have an even higher carbon footprint than previously thought: No one was counting carbon released when the drilling operations destroy peatlands. In 2011, solar installers put in twice as many solar panels as …

Food

Trans fats linked to acting like a jerk

When New York City banned trans fats from local restaurants in 2006, it was trying to make its citizens healthier. Trans fatty acids — which, you’ll recall, are a type of unsaturated fat almost exclusively …

Food

Anheuser-Busch turns beer leftovers into usable products

Now you can feel good after knocking back a few brewskis — and not just because you’re tipsy. Beermaker Anheuser-Busch has found a way to turn its waste grain into an array of products, from …

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