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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.

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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 of a river. With a …

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‘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.

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

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

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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.

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Umbra’s second helpings: Beer vs. wine

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

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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.

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New Olympic sport: The speed shower

Let’s face it. You waste water when you wash. But Grist’s eco-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, has a whole bathtub full of solutions -- and she’s challenging you to a shower-off.

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Green washing: Learn what all those tiny laundry symbols mean

Clothing lasts longer if you know how to take care of it, but plenty of people can't even decode the runes on the tags. No longer: We submit the Rosetta Stone for decoding laundry labels. Learn it, save your clothes, …