Living

It’s the first day of spring! Here comes the toxic green sludge

Predictions of heavy spring rains bode poorly for the health of Lake Erie, where agricultural runoff is expected to cause massive algae blooms.

Bears in Russia are getting high by huffing airplane fuel

Not to be a narc or anything, but animals get high a LOT. And these Russian bears have figured out how to get high off gasoline fumes.

Mini-mansions are all the rage

Both industrial designers and industrious teens alike are engineering tiny paragons of sustainable living. Behold some of our recent favorites.

Thanks for the oil, Iraq, here’s some cancer

Depleted uranium from U.S. munitions is suspected of causing a huge spike in birth defects and all kinds of cancers in Iraq.

Why in the world are so many manatees dying?

Manatees are dying off both Florida coasts, and by God we want the culprit brought to justice! (It's probably us.)

Researchers find that ‘wind turbine syndrome’ is bogus

Complaints about turbine-caused illness tend to surface after wind-energy opponents have made a stink and caused people to worry.

Google Maps can now make you a virtual mountain climber

Google Maps gets you from your house to Petco. And now it gets you to the world's highest peaks.

How scientists are bringing this weird, extinct, baby-barfing frog back from the dead

The frog DNA sat around for 40 years before scientists used cloning technology to bring the species back to life.

Watch a penguin play games on an iPad

Considering that touch screens are not exactly optimized for seabird use, they're actually pretty good at it.