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If Park Slope parents suck so bad at contraception, what hope is there for the rest of us?

In fiscal year 2012, the federal budget marked out $610 million for international family planning programs. But perhaps some of that funding needs to be directed inward, to fix the backwards bourgeois parents of Park Slope. Amy Sohn writes in …

Living

This summer’s blockbuster: Tiny House, THE MOVIE

The best cinema taps into our secret dreams, and TINY taps in specifically to our secret dreams about running away to Colorado and building a tiny house. Thus, we think it’s reasonable to assume it’ll be bigger than Avengers. TINY …

Living

In the future, your clothes could be made of bacteria poo

The nice way to talk about Suzanne Lee’s garments is to say that they’re “biocouture” — biodegradable clothes that required no animal products in the making. The grosser to way to talk about them is to say that they’re made …

Population

Caring about family planning does not make you a slut, according to Melinda Gates

As she gears up for a big family-planning summit in London, Melinda Gates goes on "The Colbert Report" and CNN to dispel pesky rumors about her contraceptive campaign.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Is my air conditioner wasting energy?

A reader wonders if her air conditioner's energy saver option really makes a difference. Umbra is cool to the idea.

Video

Breathtaking video of Earth seen from space

[vimeo 44801709] It’s worth cleaning off your monitor before you watch this extraordinary video — full-screen, of course — so there’s no dust or smudges interfering with your sense that you’re hovering over the glowing planet as it turns beneath you.

Green Home

Life-size LEGO garden sprouts up in Australia

In the Age of the Anthropocene, nature is what humans make it. LEGO took this idea quite literally when it graced the Australian town of Broken Hill, in New South Wales, with these giant versions of LEGO flowers and trees.

Living

Fit in with the masses with this reusable tote that looks like a plastic bag

If those reusable “I am not a plastic bag” totes earn glances of hippie-hating scorn from the populace, the THANK YOU THANK YOU bag helps green-minded people blend into the crowd while still sticking to their principles.

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: Making a stink about infrequent showering

A reader wonders if she should make her young sons bathe more frequently. Umbra comes clean.