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Business & Technology

Russians could not be more psyched about ice-free Arctic

The former empire is hoping to bring back its glory days by reviving a Soviet-era shipping route along its Arctic coast.

Cities

Maine to create car-free town with ‘really narrow streets’

Residents of the yet-to-be-built town of Piscataquis Village, Maine will keep cars from overrunning their town by making their streets too narrow to shove any but the cutest vehicles down them, reports Market Urbanism.

Animals

Invasive pythons have eaten literally everything in Everglades

In the Everglades, recent counts reveal that 88 percent of bobcats, 99 percent of raccoons and opossums, and effectively 100 percent of rabbits and foxes have simply disappeared from the park.

Politics

House Republicans’ transportation bill contains zero good policy

House Republicans are going to unveil their transportation bill today, and it is expected to have a ton of backwards ideas in it. These include: Spending more money on highways than anything else Encouraging private …

Business & Technology

What corporate logos does a 5-year-old know?

This video, in which a 5-year-old rattles off corporate logos while sounding exactly like Marcel the Shell, is simultaneously adorable and sobering.

Sustainable Farming

Cacti can clean up poisonous soils

Here are a few things you do with a prickly pear cactus: Get poked. Turn its fruit into jam. Use it to clean up dangerous concentrations of selenium in arid California lands. In California’s San …

Animals

Watch a rabbit herd sheep

Here's an adorable innovation for all you urban farmers out there.

Critical List: Illinois installed the most wind turbines in 2011; Weathercasters aren’t climate scientists

Illinois installed the most new wind turbines in 2011. In five years, there could be 39 million “micro-hybrids” — cars that have a battery to increase cars’ efficiency, but that aren’t quite as awesome as …

Green Home

This house is so tiny it fits in your pocket

Two hundred square feet? SO last year. The newest tiny house folds up to fit in your pocket.