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2-year-old girl’s bionic arms are the world’s best use of 3D printing

Emma has a congenital disorder that means she doesn't have the muscle strength to lift her arms by herself. But hey, no big deal -- this 3D-printed robot exoskeleton can do it for her.

Umbra’s second helpings: Beer vs. wine

A reader wonders whether beer or wine deserves more green buzz. Umbra tips one back.

The mother of all rides: Biking across America on the old Route 66

In "The Grapes of Wrath," John Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 “The Mother Road.” Now this long-abandoned cross-country byway gets a second life as an epic bike touring highway.

New Olympic sport: The speed shower

Let’s face it. You waste water when you wash. But Grist’s eco-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, has a whole bathtub full of solutions -- and she’s challenging you to a shower-off.

Green washing: Learn what all those tiny laundry symbols mean

Clothing lasts longer if you know how to take care of it, but plenty of people can't even decode the runes on the tags. No longer: We submit the Rosetta Stone for decoding laundry labels. Learn it, save your clothes, …

This plugin keeps baby pics off your Facebook by replacing them with bacon or cats

Are you childfree, anti-population-growth, or just an STFU Parents fan? Unbaby.me will get rugrats off your social media feeds for good, and replace them with pictures of kittens, puppies, bacon, swimsuit models, or whatever you want. Here’s how it works: …

Here’s the real story behind this see-through hermit crab

This awesome photo of a hermit crab in a glass shell has been going around the internet, attached to a story about New Zealand scientists using the glass shells to lay bare the crabs’ inner workings. Which leaves out the …

What to do when an elephant crashes your pool party

How cool would it be to catch an elephant wandering up to your pool and checking out the scene? And how terrifying would it be if you were actually in the pool, the size of which would not accommodate both …

These artists print photographs onto living grass

Usually when you say an artist is "into grass," it's because you're in your 60s and use outdated drug slang. But artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey honestly do amazing things with grass, i.e. the plant people make lawns out …