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10/10/10: The world gets to work [PHOTOS]

There were more than 7,000 worldwide examples of people getting to work to combat climate change for 350.org's 10/10/10 Global Work Party.

The GINK videos

Tyra Banks quizzes childfree couple [VIDEO]

Watch Tracy and Jared tell a slightly aghast Tyra Banks about their decision not to have kids.

Work party like it’s 1999

Ask Umbra says get out there and party this weekend on 10/10/10

You know you want to make a difference. Ask Umbra says get out there this weekend and (work) party on at a 350.org event near you!

Scary spice

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 18: Tomatillos, cilantro, hot peppers, oh my!

This week, the Urbivore gets something in her veggie box that veers outside of her comfort zone. Help her over this food hurdle!

building better blocks

LEGO lets you play with improving mass transit

Will having kids play with LEGO buses and trams (rather than Hot Wheels) foster the next generation of public-transit advocates?

growing lanes

Bike trail being paved with asphalt made from plants instead of oil

Chris Williams of Iowa U. has cooked up a bio-oil from plants that can replace the asphalt glue that holds our pavement together -- Bioasphalt.

are we dreaming?

D'juno actress Ellen Page wants to plant an idea in your head?

We don't usually include earnest video pleas among the usual snark of The Grist List, but for the adorable actress Ellen Page, we'll make an inception to the rule. Watch her video message!

reinventing the hamster wheel

American overwork and German “short work”

The German concept of Kurzarbeit, or "short work," encourages employers to reduce hours rather than lay workers off when business is slow.

the taste you grave

SunChips not-so-quietly buries its noisy compostable bags

Which is noisier: the SunChips compostable bag or the snacklash from chip-eaters who prefer their chips to crunch more loudly than the packaging? For now, it's RIP (but not in a compost pile) for the …