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Science

In search of artificial muscles, scientists have turned to onions

How squishy robots of the future could one day be made of gold-plated onion skin.

Food

It’s time to panic. Olives are in big trouble

Olive oil is like liquid, edible gold -- so we're bummed that olive trees in Italy are being eaten alive by an invasive pest.

Science

This weird plant might be the future of Alaskan agriculture

Rhodiola rosae is a frost-tolerant succulent that just might be the biggest commercial crop the Last Frontier has ever seen.

supermodel problems

Predicting the climate is hard. So one scientist wants to cut corners

Climate models take an enormous amount of time and energy to run, and they still aren't perfect. Here comes "inexact" modeling.

put a (nuva) ring on it

No, really, your birth control is supposed to be free now

Some insurance providers still aren't eliminating copays for birth control, and that's dumb.

Climate & Energy

The oldest city in the U.S. could be totally screwed by rising seas

Florida state officials who deny climate change are leaving coastal cities to drown.

Business & Technology

People can’t get enough of Tesla’s new batteries

In one week, the company received $800M in reservations for its Powerwalls and Powerpacks.

Taking the 100,000-foot view

These satellites are keeping an eye on California’s underground water

To the list of benefits satellites offer us, we can now add "monitoring our disappearing water."

Cities

Elevated paths give San Francisco cyclists the high ground

New bike lanes will keep cyclists safe from cars and pedestrians safe from cyclists.