The Blue book on bikes: Everything you need to know and then some

Bike blogger/evangelist Elly Blue has written the perfect introduction to bicycling for newbies.


Traffic signals for cyclists pop up nationwide

Traffic lights specifically designed for bike-riders provide a little more time to pedal through big, complex intersections.


This lamp tells you the weather by puffing out clouds in your house

It's a lamp that tells you what the weather is. We don't understand how it works but we would buy one.

Climate & Energy

Is it just us, or does it seem a little warm for December?

It's December, the time of year when you just want to huddle up with a roaring fire to provide comfort from the … unseasonably warm temperatures outside.


Ask Umbra: Are wrinkle-free shirts treated with toxic chemicals?

A reader wonders about the toxicity of her husband's non-iron shirts. Umbra straightens her out.


Are trendy homesteaders clueless about class differences?

Gardening and sewing clothes aren't just activities for hipsters. They've long been practiced by the poor.


Hundreds of cyclists demand safer Austin streets

Cyclists rode en masse to the Texas State Capitol following several hit-and-runs in recent weeks.

Climate & Energy

Mexican environmentalist murdered by drug gangs

Juventina Villa Mojica's efforts to preserve local forest conflicted with the gangs' desire to plant more drugs.


Umbra’s second helpings: How to be a countertop composter [VIDEO]

Live in a tiny apartment? You can still compost. Umbra breaks it down.