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The coming plague: How humans are changing the landscape of disease

Disease ecologist James Holland Jones talks about the Black Death, “suspended snot,” and the power of what Obi-Wan Kenobi once called a “wretched hive of scum and villainy" in spreading global pandemics.

Food

Omaha teenager starts a program to donate ungrateful kids’ fruit to the hungry

Schoolkids are now required to take a fruit or vegetable at lunch, but they're not required to eat it. This teen made her classmates donate that food instead of tossing it.

Climate & Energy

New York postpones fracking decision to gather information on health impacts

The state will review potential health effects of fracking before deciding whether to lift a moratorium.

Living

Saved by the bell: How recess makes kids healthy, smart, and well-adjusted

Spurred by studies that show that kids need physical activity not just for their health, but also for social and academic development, schools are reinstating an old standard.

Living

We’ve got our red cup out, and we’re rattling it

There are only two days left to fund our Kickstarter project -- the documentary biography of an American icon. Help us out!

Living

Revolution will be televised: On TV dramas and our end-of-the-world fetish

If only climate collapse led to perfect hair: The new NBC drama "Revolution" plays to all of our fantasies of a simple life, where what we do actually matters, and we look fabulous without even trying.

Living

Ask Umbra: Who’s the greenest character on TV?

A reader wonders which shows have the best eco-role models. Umbra goes channel surfing.

Food

Victory for raw-milk seller in Minnesota

Raw-milk advocates are calling the Minnesota jury verdict a big legal win.

Living

Robots, plants team up to make humans fall flat on their faces

By making plants mobile, you make them the natural enemies of a) humans and b) cats