Why is Michelle Obama’s food initiative promoting Walmart?

At Michelle Obama's event announcing that several retailers will open stores in "food deserts," James Gavin said he'd like to see Walmart double its U.S. store count.

Critical List: Operators say the grid can handle the heat; green tech investment down

Grid operators say they're ready to handle the extra load that air conditioners and other cooling devices will put on electricity supplies during the heat wave. Venture capitalists invested less money on green tech projects …


Secondhand style: I melted a shirt. Seriously.

I was feeling really positive about my latest thrift-store outfit. That was before I accidentally melted the blouse with my iron.

Trashtivist: My garbage, in perspective

As I send my Trashtivist garbage bag off to the landfill, I wonder if that's the kind of protest that really makes a difference these days.

Everything that's wrong with our oil-soaked industrial economy, in one amazing poster

Max Temkin is a brand designer for, among others, Barack Obama. You can buy prints of this poster here, or at least you could until it sold out because it is f*cking amazing.

Toilet 2.0 will turn waste into energy, fertilizer, and clean water

Think poop is funny? Well, it’s DEADLY SERIOUS. Here are the unsavory facts about poor sanitation infrastructure, according to the Gates Foundation: 2.6 billion lack access to safe toilets. Food and water that's come in …


Secondhand style: Do used undies cross the line?

My first thrift store ensemble is a huge hit, and prompts a lively chat about used underwear. Plus, I still need sneakers.


Free birth control? We're getting closer … [UPDATE: We're there!]

Women will no longer have to make co-pays on birth control, the Obama administration announced on Aug. 1.

Election 2012

Anti-gay-marriage pledge calls for 'robust childbearing'

The anti-gay-marriage pledge being pushed by a right-wing Iowa group has made headlines, but we haven't heard much about its call for "robust childbearing."