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the man your man would perform like

Dear Old Spice Man, will using your product make me, um, less manly?

Dear Old Spice Man, I see you a lot on TV lately, running around with your shirt off telling me that I won’t be a …

The not-so-Grand Calumet

How a river went from diversity to dumpsite

A sign near the Cal Sag channel, part of the Calumet River System, warns against “any human body contact.”Photo courtesy Tom Gill via FlickrThe Grand …

an idea that cells

Would you wear a garment brewed by bacteria?

Left: A tasty vat of bacteria turning tea into trendy textile. Right: The trendy result, a “Veggie” faux leather jacket for when you’re riding your …

Waiter, there's a rapidly declining fish species in my soup!

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Isn’t the ocean an all-you-can-eat buffet?

Dearest readers, What did you think of Sylvia Earle’s The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One? I must say, it …

swearing off oil

Cleaning up Gulf oil, one f-bomb at a time

Two guys are “mad as f–k” about all the sh*t Big Oil has undammed in the Gulf of Mexico, and they’re hoping the rest of …

Earth to Fred

Of course population is still a problem

There are already 6.8 billion of us …Photo courtesy James Cridland via FlickrFred Pearce keeps on saying that population growth is no longer a problem. …

To the population doomsayers: What do you propose?

Fred Pearce’s recent blog post on why population is not the issue shouldn’t be controversial; it’s what most sensible environmentalists have been saying for over …

Coop-eration

Chicken expert Gail Damerow answers readers’ questions

Grist’s recent Q&A with chicken expert Gail Damerow, the author of the best-selling Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, elicited several questions from readers. Damerow took …

Flipping Your Lid

Ask Umbra on the dangers of BPA in canning lids and canned food

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, My wife and I belong to a CSA. We are getting some cucumbers that I would like to …