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How to use a broken cell phone to survive in the wilderness

If your nature hike goes seriously awry, your cell phone will probably be your best chance of survival — if you can get signal, you can let people know where you are. If you can’t get signal, well, it is …

Living

Dress shirt uses spacesuit technology to keep you dry on your bike commute

You know how you don’t bike to work because you get hot and sweaty and gross? A group of MIT graduates has stolen that excuse. They copied technology from spacesuits and used it to make what BikeBlogNYC has rightly dubbed …

Green Living Tips

Umbra’s second helpings: How to recycle beer bottles with limes

Can you recycle beer bottles with lime wedges? Umbra tosses back an answer.

Living

Canadian high-schooler makes her own graduation dress out of old homework

Kara Koskowich is going to take the world by storm. Girlfriend just graduated from high school in Canada, and instead of shelling out for a fancy graduation dress, she decided to reuse old homework and post-it notes to make one …

Green Home

Tile your home with recycled money

Pennies are so useless as legal tender that there's genuine debate about whether we should even keep them around. You could dump them in the Coinstar machine ... or you could use them to make an awesome, cost-effective copper flooring.

Animals

Giant LEGO wildlife is cooler than anything you made as a kid

The theme of the new installation at the Reiman Gardens, a massive public garden at Iowa State University, is “Nature Connects.” That usually means something about the complex interdependency of the ecological network and blah blah hippie stuff, but in …

Climate & Energy

12-year-old whose awesome speech floored 1992 Rio Summit returns to Rio+20 as a mom

At the original Rio summit,12-year-old Severn Suzuki became "the girl who silenced the world for six minutes" by giving a kick-ass speech to the assembled delegates.Twenty years later, her perspective has changed but her message hasn't.

Sex

The future I want: Reproductive rights in a changing climate

Family planning and sexual health must be part of the conversation at the Rio Earth Summit if we want to build a more just and sustainable world.

Living

Google is making a Street View for hiking trails

Lucky Google employees get to hike around all day with a camera and call it work, so that you can know what to expect when you get out on the trail.