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Climate & Energy

How the shale boom came to North Dakota — and how it’s spreading west

There's lots of shale oil in Colorado and California too, but residents of those states are more suspicious of fracking.

Business & Technology

Super Bowl ad brawl: SodaStream does what Sierra Club can’t

Companies selling products that cut down on waste might end up leading the cultural push against overconsumption.

Living

Americans spent 4 percent of household income on gas in 2012

Even though Americans are using less gas, we're paying more for it. And that's making oil companies rich.

Living

Ask Umbra: Are bathroom wipes safe?

A reader inquires about those pre-moistened wipes that are making the rounds. Umbra cautions hem to arrhoid them at all costs.

Business & Technology

Lawmakers call for end to animal-deafening, oil-finding offshore surveys

Not that this means the surveys will actually stop.

Business & Technology

Sometimes a driverless car is not just a driverless car: Thoughts on widgets and systems

Driverless cars are coming soon, offering an opportunity to think about the difference between swapping out technological widgets and changing whole systems.

Business & Technology

British man’s dog sniffs out smelly whale secretion worth thousands

A man's dog finds him a big lump of ambergris worth thousands. Moral of the story: get a dog.

Climate & Energy

Water use for electricity production set to double globally by 2035

Blame biofuels -- and, of course, coal.

Living

Marktown, Ind., a historic town shivering in BP’s dark shadow

The century-old community may soon be razed so that an adjacent BP refinery can spill over its borders.