Climate change is slowing down our marathon times

The problem: We don't run so well in the heat.


Science proves definitively that sea lions can headbang to music

A sea lion named Ronan is the first nonhuman mammal to have the proven ability to keep a beat.


Sandy refugees set to be booted from NYC hotels

Hundreds of families are poised to lose their temporary housing as New York City looks to wind down a hotel-placement program.


Enterprising thief saws off elephant tusk with a chainsaw

The elephant is one that belonged to Louis XIV, who was king of France until 1715.


Hyper-artisanal food website answers your burning questions about laudanum, hardtack, and butter churns

Are you wondering, "Should I dilute the laudanum before rubbing it on the gums of my caterwauling baby?" Food1852 has got you covered.


These elementary school kids fought to keep their local park open — and won

The state of California was going to close a state park. A group of kids at Grass Valley Charter were upset about this. So they took action, and won.


Ask Umbra: What can the Star Wars planets teach us?

A reader wonders if climate change will turn our planet into Tatooine. Umbra finds new hope in a galaxy far, far away.


Studies show that bike commuting is one of the best ways to stay healthy

Biking for transportation appears more helpful in losing weight and promoting health than working out at the gym.

Business & Technology

Subaru finally introduces a hybrid; crunchy yuppies rejoice

Just 16 years after Toyota first started selling the Prius, Subaru has unveiled its own hybrid. Urban hipsters and Portlanders are excited.