Umbra’s second helpings: The good kind of inflation [VIDEO]

Feeling the pressure of high gas prices? Umbra's pumped to show you how properly inflated tires save oil and money.


Singapore’s terrible new rap video demands you have procreative sex tonight

If you can’t make it beyond the first 30 seconds of wretched rap in this public service ad campaign, here’s the basic gist: It’s Aug. 9! Happy National Night! Now please, please save Singapore’s flagging …


How the rare earth elements in your iPhone are polluting Inner Mongolia

The region in Inner Mongolia that provides critical, scarce resources for your technology has been heavily, broadly polluted.


If this photo doesn’t make you want to live in a tiny house, nothing will

We love us a good tiny house, but you know what is better than your run-of-the-mill tiny house? A tiny house on a tiny rock. A tiny house on a tiny rock in the middle …


‘The Queen of Versailles’ almost makes you feel sorry for the 1%. Almost.

The film's magic is its ability to make us realize that we're all human. But let's not forget, when the economy collapsed, some were more culpable than others.


Ask Umbra: Which cutting board is best, wood or plastic?

A reader asks about superior carving surfaces. Umbra cuts right to the chase.


2-year-old girl’s bionic arms are the world’s best use of 3D printing

Emma has a congenital disorder that means she doesn't have the muscle strength to lift her arms by herself. But hey, no big deal -- this 3D-printed robot exoskeleton can do it for her.


Umbra’s second helpings: Beer vs. wine

A reader wonders whether beer or wine deserves more green buzz. Umbra tips one back.


The mother of all rides: Biking across America on the old Route 66

In "The Grapes of Wrath," John Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 “The Mother Road.” Now this long-abandoned cross-country byway gets a second life as an epic bike touring highway.