Living

Cold Comfort

How air-conditioning made America — and how it could break us all

AC may feel good but it comes with a host of problems.

cold comfort

No air-conditioning? No sweat! Here’s how to make your own DIY AC.

Watch our video to learn how to keep cool with little more than a bucket and an intern.

mine over matter

Here’s how a post-coal Appalachia could thrive

Coal mining is disappearing in West Virginia and Kentucky. What will take its place?

Life in plastic, it's fantastic

What’s the most eco-friendly material for a 3D printer?

Advice columnist Umbra Fisk churns out answers.

FUGLY

Walmart wants to sell you ugly fruits and veggies — and that’s a good thing

A new line of cosmetically challenged apples will be hitting stores soon.

Berry sage advice

Is it OK to eat berries from water-starved California?

Wondering about your water footprint? Advice columnist Umbra Fisk slakes your thirst for knowledge.

Cities

Columbus: “No light rail for us, please — just loads and loads of driverless cars”

The city got a $40 million grant from the Department of Transportation ... that won’t be going toward mass transit.

cool it

Extreme heat is exhausting and expensive

Broiling-hot summer days could cost global economies $2 trillion by 2030.

Election 2016

We didn’t know Third Eye Blind felt so strongly about coal

The '90s alt-rock band's platform makes a whole lot more sense than the RNC's.