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one bad apple spoils the munch

Ask Umbra on apples for halloween treats and costumes

Umbra weighs in on the virtues of apple-giving and suggests the best costumes to hand them out in. Have no fear, read about it here!

Greening the ways we get around

Why attitudes can be as important as infrastructure

The new police chief of the Iranian city of Esfahan has decreed it a crime for women to ride a bike or roller-skate in public.

The GINK Videos

Franzen tackles population and gears up for Oprah [VIDEO]

This season's It Book, "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen, has a protagonist who's worried about population. Oprah's chosen the novel for her book club.

showing too much flesh

Wearing Lady Gaga's meat dress for Halloween — still a bad idea [VIDEO]

Lady Gaga can be an inspiration in some cases, but when it comes to Halloween costumes, it pays to listen to your mom's advice on this one and not show so much flesh. According to this news video, however, some people might go for it anyway.

a positive impact

Putting out the recycling could save your life

You've probably heard that recycling can help you "save the planet," but did you know that it could also save your life? That's the lesson two Canadian teens learned after they fell off the roof of their apartment building and into some good luck.

Young people in Canada, anyway

New study says young people want apartments, not houses; iPhones, not cars

A new Canadian study indicates that more and more people prefer to live in high-density apartments.

CARTISTRY

'The car is a kind of shield that deflects empathy'

The new photo series "Lee Friedlander: America by Car" shows how our mode of transportation shapes our experience of the world.

A little gas

Is the Chevy Volt really an electric car?

The Chevy Volt will be in showrooms soon and that's raising the question of whether it's an electric car wannabe.

Quit Stalling?

Ask Umbra on using toilet seat covers

A reader wonders whether he should placate his worried wife and use toilet seat covers whenever he uses a public bathroom, or just sit with abandon and save a tree instead. Umbra gives the scoop on the safest, greenest way to poop.

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