Meet ‘the Minimalists’ — two guys who had it all, and gave it up

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus spent years amassing the trappings of a “successful” life. Then they decided success wasn’t all it was chalked up to be.

Traffic deaths are down, but pedestrian and cyclist deaths are up

Deaths involving motor vehicles fell 1.9 percent in 2011, the lowest level since 1949. The bad news is that drivers are killing the rest of us.

Crunching the numbers: Will you see a white Christmas?

No! At least, probably not. And it depends on what you mean by "white Christmas."

Reclaim NYC makes really cool furniture from Sandy debris

Hurricane Sandy was devastating. But a group of local artists have made some really nice, usable items from the debris it left behind.

More hot days may mean more blind babies

Research suggests that congenital cataracts are 51 percent more likely if a baby gestates during extreme heat.

A million and one ways (at least!) to simplify the holidays

We asked Grist readers for suggestions for how to rock the holidays without partaking of the shopping madness and materialism. Boy, did you deliver.

Ask Umbra: Stop giving me musical cards

A reader wonders how to tell family and friends that their cards are making him crazy. Umbra offers one of her hallmark replies.

From farm to table, we’re losing tons of food

Forty percent of the food grown in the U.S. is trashed -- and a lot of it is still perfectly edible.

Energy prices are the most volatile prices in the country

Data from the Consumer Price Index shows how the natural-gas boom is leading to lower prices for Americans.