Living

Living

Website shows you your place in the universe (and yes, you are very very small)

The Scale of the Universe is a web-based Total Perspective Vortex that will make you feel very very small — or very very large — with the swipe of a mouse. You start at the scale of humans/dodos/giant earthworms, and …

Living

The barter economy — coming soon to a backyard near you

Toting a loaf of homemade bread, her boyfriend’s beef jerky, and a couple of bottles of her very own Thunder Sauce, Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, sets off for the neighborhood bartering session.

Politics

Occupy Wall Street 2.0: A chat with the editor of Adbusters

Adbusters' Kalle Lasn is largely credited for conceptualizing and starting the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park. Here, he talks about his vision for the future.

Living

Traditional Chinese medicine contains endangered animals, carcinogens

It’s probably best not to make all your meals out of pink slime and enriched HFCS, but a word to the wise: “Natural” doesn’t always mean safe.

Living

Ask Umbra: What’s the deal with lead in lipstick?

A reader asks why there's poison in her makeup. Umbra lays it on thick.

Green Home

The rain-barrel connection: Building a better flusher

A writer dreams of someday flushing his toilet with rainwater. Sounds simple enough, but it’s not. His tale of “the regulations, the dreamers, and me.”

Green Living Tips

Government spends $40 million mowing lawns of empty homes

The U.S. government owns 200,000 foreclosed homes. And to keep those empty homes looking spiffy for would-be buyers, the government has to keep up appearances — including the appearance of the lawn. As a result, we taxpayers are forking over …

Business & Technology

Scorcese doc ‘Surviving Progress,’ featuring Margaret Atwood, is now in theaters

"I think it's important to make a distinction between good progress and good progress. Things progress in the sense that they change. But when they reach a certain scale, they turn out to be dead ends."

Green Home

Watch plants swallow up tiny houses in this weird living artwork

Artist Rob Carter is interested in the relationship between the built environment and nature, and his newest exhibition, which opens tomorrow in New York City, features mini replicas of three homesteads — Charles Darwin’s, Henry David Thoreau’s, and Sir John …