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Flash mob proves conclusively that cars are the most annoying ever

Flash mob factory Improv Everywhere stages weird, transcendent little moments of cooperation, synchronicity, and pantslessness (they’re the ones behind the No-Pants Subway Ride). But their latest effort, the Car Alarm Symphony, doesn’t do much besides prove that parking lots, already …

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: Are we about to wreck space, too?

A reader asks if it’s ethical to mine asteroids. Umbra takes us on a voyage of discovery.

Living

Galaxy, right ahead! The Milky Way’s on course for a head-on collision

One day, this is what the night sky will look like. Yup, that’s a galaxy (Andromeda, to be specific) headed straight for … our galaxy! Andromeda’s rushing towards us at the crazy fast speed of 250,000 miles per hour. Luckily, …

Climate Change

Global warming could wipe out the goth population

As a former goth, I had to love this article from British satire site NewsBiscuit about the latest species to be threatened by climate change: the normally nocturnal, tree-dwelling Common Goth. Britain’s Goth population, identifiable by its distinctive eye markings, …

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: Staying green with sunscreen

How can you prevent turning red while staying green? Umbra takes on this burning issue.

Green Living Tips

Resisting the splurge: The travails of an urban hunter-gatherer

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, quit shopping, cold turkey, for a month. Well, almost. What do you think -- in the No New Stuff challenge, did she pass or fail?

Sustainable Business

Life recycle: How e-waste recycling gives your gadgets a fresh start

A growing number of states are requiring proper disposal of electronics. Here's what you need to know about the e-waste recycling process.

Article

Land grabbing hurts the world’s poor more than climate change, Fred Pearce argues

In his new book "The Land Grabbers," Fred Pearce investigates the Gulf sheiks, Chinese state corporations, Wall Street speculators, and Russian oligarchs who are buying up tracts all around the world.

Green Home

This guy’s apartment is the size of a closet

Check out a 78-square-foot Manhattan apartment -- just enough space to park a Mini Cooper, or to live a happy urban existence.