Living

Cities

Why Minneapolis’ beautiful bike freeways are totally the best

In the Twin Cities, old rail lines have become a sensible and delightful freeway system — just for cyclists.

bowl movement

Drop a brick, feel better about the California drought

A witty crowdfunding campaign is hawking water-saving toilet "bricks" for Californians.

Wild Midwest

Money, death, and danger in North Dakota’s fracking capital

Being a waitress in Williston, N.D., is just as horrible as it sounds.

Food

Watch Cascadian Farm’s dramatic effort to save the bees

A General Mills-owned company is trying to save the bees -- one flower bomb at a time.

Treebola

How deforestation helped unleash Ebola

When the forests of Guinea were cut down, fruit bats and humans became a lot cozier -- and so did their diseases.

Cities

Meet the mailman who mapped Rio’s slums before Google could

An ex-bodysurfing champ and former census worker is leading a volunteer effort to give slum residents mailing addresses.

Business & Technology

What’s the most energy-efficient way to charge my cellphone?

A reader wonders if it's better to plug into the wall or his laptop. Umbra hooks him up with the latest in charger technology.

Food

What to do with an overload of cauliflower

Cauliflower's delicate taste makes it an excellent foil to more flavorful ingredients. This pasta recipe will teach you the ways.

Living

A new rallying cry for the big game: Save the mascot!

Many of the critters that adorn our T-shirts and fan hats are in serious trouble. Here's what we can do about it.

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