Living

Living

There might be way more lead in your tap water than you think

An EPA effort to reduce the amount of lead in our water systems may inadvertently have made the problem worse in some cases.

Climate & Energy

California sees gas prices rise, electricity strained because of karma

No, seriously, we love California! Sorry about Prop 13.

Living

This couple moved all their worldly possessions using only bikes

Moving is stressful, and most of us deal with it by renting a ginormo truck, dumping our stuff in it (or bribing our buddies to dump our stuff in it), and hoping that nothing in our newspaper-packed boxes breaks. But …

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: The good kind of inflation [VIDEO]

Feeling the pressure of high gas prices? Umbra's pumped to show you how properly inflated tires save oil and money.

Living

Singapore’s terrible new rap video demands you have procreative sex tonight

If you can’t make it beyond the first 30 seconds of wretched rap in this public service ad campaign, here’s the basic gist: It’s Aug. 9! Happy National Night! Now please, please save Singapore’s flagging population by putting your genitals …

Article

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.

Living

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 …

Politics

‘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.

Living

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

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