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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.

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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.

Gwyneth’s daughter, the world’s most perfect eater, eats Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and likes it

Gwyneth's daughter Apple Martin eats super healthy just like her super healthy mom. But she cheats just like everyone else!

Local schmocal: Why small-scale solutions won’t save the world

We like to think we do our part by buying local and riding our bikes. Not so, says author Greg Sharzer. We need a revolution!

These are the best-dressed animals we’ve ever seen

Have you ever looked at an animal and thought "it's cute, but I sure wish it were more of a sartorial role model"? Barcelona photographer Yago Partal has solved your problem.

Climate change will give more people diarrhea

A study of 30 years of data on diarrhea in Botswana found something pretty gross: As the climate changes, it's probably going to mean that more people contract diarrheal disease.

Australia had to kill a lot of cats to save these tiny marsupials

The government dispatched 3,000 of them over 16 days to keep them the hell away from endangered greater bilbies.

Baby sea lion found lounging in luxury at San Diego hotel

This baby sea lion appreciates the finer things in life. Like napping in a chair at a fancy hotel.