squeaky wheel

Angry abandoned tire goes on killing spree (don't worry, it's a movie)

What happens to tires when road rage sets in? Check out the trailer for Rubber, a new movie about a tire that's gone around the bend.


‘Portlandia’ skewers your urban green lifestyle

Bikers, locavores, and just plain urbanites, quake in fear: Your lives are no longer safe from actually-funny satire.

Fat of the land

U.K. organic milk better for you than conventional, thanks to cows' grass-based diet

A peer-reviewed U.K. study found that organic milk delivers significantly higher levels of healthy fatty acids than does conventional milk. But the real difference stemmed from what the cows eat.


New Agtivists: Nikhil Arora and Alex Velez turn coffee grounds into fun fungi kits

When two good-looking 23-year-olds give up careers in investment banking to grow mushrooms, oysters and shiitakes aren't the first fungi one imagines.


Walmart, KFC, and others fight over Africa’s new middle class

Despite widespread poverty, Africa's middle class is now bigger than India's ... which hasn't escaped the likes of Walmart, KFC, and Nestle.


Starbucks’ 31-ounce 'Trenta' size won’t fit in your stomach

Starbucks' new 31-ounce "Trenta" size, essentially the Big Gulp of joe, is disturbingly larger than the average human stomach.

Lights, Camera, Activism!

Ask Umbra on movies to see from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Wild and scenic films abounded this past weekend at Nevada City's Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Ask Umbra shares her top films.

Don't fear the fluff

Truly sustainable meat eaters choose rabbit [VIDEO]

This week, I visited Marshall Farm, one of the few (if not the only) commercial rabbit producers in Minnesota, where Scott and his family just finished their first year of raising bunnies. Care for a …

Size Matters

Smaller SUVs are safer than bigger ones, but walkability trumps all

If you want to be safe, buying a big SUV won't do it. But living in a place where you don't have to drive so much is a sure bet.