Living

urban growth

Clip a garden onto your apartment with the ‘Plant Room’

If the earth's population is going to keep skyrocketing as fast as cities are popping up skyscrapers, I suppose we'll be needing mini-parks that attach to the sides of apartment buildings. Good thing these New Zealand design students are already way ahead of us.

avoid blowouts

Drill deep and don't spill a drop with Oil Spill Condoms

We can't say we're surprised to see such a clever combination of causes. We're just surprised it took so long. See what we're gushing about.

warning: may cause irritation and discomfort

Eight potentially poisonous personal care products [SLIDESHOW]

We've done you a favor and examined some of the shocking ingredients hiding in your bathroom cabinets and make-up collections. Proceed with caution.

Tom's kitchen

New-potato nirvana, transformed into a meal

When the first potatoes came in this week, I made a classic post-harvest "second breakfast." Get the recipe.

No pre-paid gas needed

Can't afford an electric car? Rent a Nissan Leaf

Enterprise Rent-a-Car will loan out Nissan Leafs in Phoenix, Tucson, Knoxville, Nashville, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle.

catch running appliances

Raising appliance efficiency: A big win for consumers and the climate

Investing in energy efficiency is often far cheaper than expanding the energy supply to meet growing demand. Efficiency investments typically yield a high rate of return, saving consumers money, and can help fight climate change by avoiding carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning additional fossil fuels.

Love Handles

Transit is for lovers

Arlington, Va., wants you to go on a car-free diet -- and find love along the way.

A trickle in time

Mighty Colorado River dribbles through Mexico [EXCERPT]

In his effort to paddle the entire length of the Colorado River, author Jonathan Waterman had to walk the last 60 miles of delta and infected his feet in the polluted remains of the drying river. Here is the second of two excerpts from Waterman's book, Running Dry.

Get fried

Cooking outside my comfort zone, Part 1: A remembrance of squash blossoms past

In honor of National Farmers Market Week next week, I attempt to fry up some fiori di zucca.