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DOG DAYS ARE OVER

Obama calls NFL Eagles owner about clean energy (oh yeah, and Michael Vick)

Did Obama call Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie to praise his decision to let Michael Vick return to the team ... or to discuss clean energy?

Dirty hippies with power tools

Farmer-scientist group wants to 'hack society' through open-source technology

The Open Source Ecology team's ambitious first project is the Global Village Construction Set -- a sort of life-size Erector set of the most essential machines for building a "small civilization with modern-day comforts."

The fungus conundrum

Mushrooms in the Minnesota winter [VIDEO]

Learn how oyster mushrooms are grown and how to make a delicious terrine out of them -- all while you ponder the local-versus-sustainable question.

WHAT THE JELL?

Cups made of Jell-O are the unnecessary product du jour

Today in why-is-this-thing-real news, we have party cups made of Jell-O.

some of them want to be used by you

'Collaborative consumption' can put your underused stuff to work [VIDEO]

Rachel Botsman, coauthor of a book on collaborative consumption, details a 21st century economy rising up to take advantage of all our unused stuff.

Eat and run

My 5 best meals on the road in 2010

Over the past year, I've had terrific meals at unique, local-minded restaurants from Austin to Seattle. The holiday lull has given me the chance to write paeans to my faves.

THE CHICKEN THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGG

Have $3,500 for a ritzy chicken coop?

A "luxury condominium for chickens" can be yours for only $3,500 ... making each dozen eggs cost you, uh, about $57.

BEACHED ‘WHALE’

Like Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds, is ‘The Whale’ on the rocks?

Documentary 'The Whale' is supposed to be released in summer 2011, but will it meet the same fate as Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson's marriage?

In one year and out the other?

Ask Umbra: A vision for 2011 and New Year’s (re)solutions

The year of a spilled-oil atrocity, Russian spies, and a psychic octopus is at an end. So is the decade. Now what? Lose weight, make more money? How about this for a New Year’s resolution: …