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China to breed humongous bus-subway hybrid that swallows traffic

There may be 9 million bicycles in Beijing, but there's also a heck of a lot of traffic. To deal with all those wheels, Chinese innovators have come up with a Futurama-esque solution: a new breed of mass transit that lets cars drive through it. Take a look.

that's (not) just nuts

Why did Whole Foods tart up my organic peanut butter?

In which I buy a jar of organic peanut butter from Whole Foods, find that it has added fat and sugar -- just like Jif! -- and am filled with righteous indignation.

guns, germs, and steal

Thieves hate fuel-efficient cars

Yet another reason not to buy a gas-gulping, big-honkin' SUV: They're more likely to get stolen!

Green the Block and President Obama Are One Year Older: But Do We Celebrate?

by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, (CEO, Green For All) and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., (President, Hip Hop Caucus) Cross-posted from Huffington Post A year ago today, Green …

Insulate, baby, insulate

Report: Energy efficiency can save oil, avoid dangerous drilling

Retrofitting houses to run on cleaner fuel and make them more energy efficient could save as much oil as would be spilled in two Deepwater Horizon disasters a month. So says a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation.

drill it into their heads

Federal agency teaches schoolkids the fun of drilling the Gulf

I'm all for promoting interactive learning for children. But this classroom activity touting the fun of oil drilling -- from the agency formerly known as the Minerals Management Service -- is shorely off-target. Starting with this, er, suggestive image that goes with it.

Dude, where's your car?

For Hollywood, carlessness is ‘symbolic castration’

Why does the film industry have such contempt for the carless? Good question.

Bon voyage

Paris hopes to expand car-sharing, limit car-burning

Paris already has one of the largest bike-sharing programs in the world; now it wants to add a car-sharing program, with all electric cars.

slimeburger in paradise?

Ask Umbra on avoiding 'pink slime' in ground beef and flushing kitty litter

Ask Umbra tackles where to buy slime-free hamburger meat. She also revisits the flushability issue from last week's kitty litter column.