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Climate Change

Are our 15 seconds of fame up, geologically speaking?

Paleontologist Jonathan Payne says we’re not seeing the sixth mass extinction yet. But give us time …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: How can I get my neighbors to stop spraying pesticides?

A reader's garden has been poisoned by her spray-happy neighbors. Umbra offers ways to help them catch the drift.

Living

How to use a broken cell phone to survive in the wilderness

If your nature hike goes seriously awry, your cell phone will probably be your best chance of survival — if you can get signal, you can let people know where you are. If you can’t …

Living

Dress shirt uses spacesuit technology to keep you dry on your bike commute

You know how you don’t bike to work because you get hot and sweaty and gross? A group of MIT graduates has stolen that excuse. They copied technology from spacesuits and used it to make …

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: How to recycle beer bottles with limes

Can you recycle beer bottles with lime wedges? Umbra tosses back an answer.

Living

Canadian high-schooler makes her own graduation dress out of old homework

Kara Koskowich is going to take the world by storm. Girlfriend just graduated from high school in Canada, and instead of shelling out for a fancy graduation dress, she decided to reuse old homework and …

Green Home

Tile your home with recycled money

Pennies are so useless as legal tender that there's genuine debate about whether we should even keep them around. You could dump them in the Coinstar machine ... or you could use them to make …

Animals

Giant LEGO wildlife is cooler than anything you made as a kid

The theme of the new installation at the Reiman Gardens, a massive public garden at Iowa State University, is “Nature Connects.” That usually means something about the complex interdependency of the ecological network and blah …

Climate & Energy

12-year-old whose awesome speech floored 1992 Rio Summit returns to Rio+20 as a mom

At the original Rio summit,12-year-old Severn Suzuki became "the girl who silenced the world for six minutes" by giving a kick-ass speech to the assembled delegates.Twenty years later, her perspective has changed but her message …