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MY FRIEND FLICKA

Silly science: Animals make friends too

As anyone with cats already knows, animals can be buddies. Now scientists have caught up with the rest of us: “At least five types of animals maintain relationships that are comparable to human friendships,” says …

Salt of rebirth

An arts district brings life to Syracuse — and it’s green, too

Photo: SALT District Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Coauthored by Aaron Welch. Take one part Paducah (arts-driven revitalization), one part Old North Saint Louis (incremental restoration of abandoned historic properties), mix in some …

revolution is in the air

Why do states break down?

They can’t stop what’s coming.Photo: Al Jazeera EnglishUprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and across the Middle East at the start of 2011 have reminded the world just how politically fragile some countries are. But the focus …

Grains of truth

Ask Umbra Book Club: Did Paleolithic hunter-gatherers eat healthier than we do today?

Corn of plenty? Maybe not so much.Photo: Big Grey MareDearest readers, Welcome to the second day of our conversation of At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. You can catch up …

Home is where I want to be

Ask Umbra Book Club: What makes a home?

Home is where the art is. And the war too.Photo: Stefano ADearest readers, Welcome to February’s book club conversation. I hope you’ve gotten some good couch time in at home to read At Home: A …

You Don't Have to Grow Up

On eco-architecture and urban farming: Are you kidding me with your f-ing farm skyscraper?

Find a place, do some work, grow some stuff: it ain’t rocket science.Photo: Tracie LeeJust last summer, Broke-Ass was invited to speak on a panel at the New York Horticultural Society with such luminaries of …

CYBERSEXUAL HEALING

TreeShagger: Do all green dating sites suck?

Computer love.Photo: Jeremy BrooksWelcome to TreeShagger, our new column on green dating. If you’ve got green dating questions, send ’em our way! The internet wants to help you find love. One in five newly committed …

DIRTY TALK

Pre-Valentine’s live chat with Ask Umbra and TreeShagger

Even in French, they still taste like chalk. Photo: KatLevPhotoIn a live chat today, Grist’s Ask Umbra and TreeShagger answered all of your Valentine’s Day questions about sustainable love, dating, and (oh yeah!) sex. Did …

Bob job

The (not so) New Agtivist: Organic movement leader Bob Scowcroft looks back

Bob Scowcroft in 2008, in one of his signature shirts.Photo: Bart NagelAfter nearly three decades at the center of organic food and farming world, Bob Scowcroft recently retired as head of the Organic Farming Research …