Spinning a good yarn

Is synthetic yarn for the birds?

A knitter wonders if it's OK to put acrylic yarn scraps outside for birds to make nests with. Umbra Fisk swoops in with an answer.

Hot art

Sometimes you have to melt some ice to make a point.

Art collective Futures North turned pre-industrial ice harvesting techniques and 21st-century computer modeling into a physical model of climate change.

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This week wore us out, too — here’s what we’re reading to get away from it.

Got election season anxiety? Our weekly reading recs will help you decompress.

eats shoots and leaves

This YouTube survivalist can teach you to skin deer and cook rat

Shawn Woods hunts his own meat -- but he doesn't use a gun.

In cold flood

North Carolina is urging people to evacuate — days after Hurricane Matthew.

The storm moved away from the state on Sunday, but North Carolina rivers are still rising.

roe v. wake up, sheeple

When it comes to abortion, trust that women know what they want.

A new study gives us evidence that women who choose to get abortions are actually quite certain in their decision.

Finer dining

What’s the best way to deal with restaurant leftovers?

Advice columnist Umbra Fisk dishes up advice on dodging the Styrofoam clamshell.

Meat Machines

We ate that meatless burger — and yes, it is actually quite good.

Impossible Foods just held the San Francisco launch of its much-hyped Impossible Burger.

Take Note 7

2.5 million exploding Samsung phones just got recalled. Now what?

Exploding Samsungs and jackless iPhones bring up a lot of big questions about recycling electronics.