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Best Kickstarter ever: This fourth-grade class is building its very own solar array, and you can help

Aaron's Class started their Kickstarter with the goal of raising $800. So far, they've raised $3,500.

Red, Bike & Green wants to shift the color balance in bicycling

The Bay Area's bicycling culture was lacking in the diversity department. Jenna Burton set out to change that.

You eat less if you know exactly how many miles you’ll have to walk to burn it off

A recent study shows little changes to menus can make a big difference to health outcomes.

Awesome 17-year-old geek wins $100,000 for her bedroom biofuel lab

Sara Volz's experiments with algae could create cheaper, more efficient biofuel.

This guy built an authentic passenger rail car in his basement

To make this subterranean transit-geek wonderland, self-described "train-obsessed nutcase" Jason Shron went in with a friend on a decades-old train car that was slated to be scrapped.

Ask Umbra: On holey jeans, holey socks, and dyeing clothes

Readers ask about that holiest of all topics: their clothes. Umbra sends some smoke signals up the Grist chimney.

Hundreds of sea lion pups are mysteriously washing ashore in California

What the hell is going on? Why are so many dehydrated and malnourished baby sea lions washing ashore? And do they need us to take some of them home?

This teen is suing the state of Alaska because climate change threatens his home

Eighteen-year-old Nelson Kanuk's yard is disappearing. Eight feet last spring. Five feet last summer.

The government is engineering cyborg spy animals (really)

Science writer Emily Anthes has a new book out that covers all the ways we're tinkering with animals and turning them into cyborgs, ready to obey our every whim.