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Cities

This dude bought a private island in New York City for less than a studio apartment

Alex Schibli, 72, owns an island, right smack off the coast of Manhattan. (Delightfully, it’s called “Rat Island.” Great name for a NYC island, or BEST name?) When you hear “owns an island” you figure “Romney rich,” but Schibli only …

Green Home

The coolest tiny home we’ve seen recently has a giant hole in the roof

The key to small-space living is not feeling cramped, which makes this Barcelona apartment the pinnacle of the genre. The home uses sliding doors to open the 430-square-foot apartment up for a sense of space, or close it for privacy. …

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 get signal, well, it is …

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 what BikeBlogNYC has rightly dubbed …

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 post-it notes to make one …

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 an awesome, cost-effective copper flooring.