Green labels on candy bars are designed to trick you

New research backs up what candy pushers already know: Printing the nutritional info for candy bars on green backgrounds makes the candy appear more healthful.

Climate & Energy

Melting ice is a boon for archaeology

Humanity's history is flashing before our eyes as the glaciers melt, and archaeologists are kind of psyched about it.

Climate & Energy

Wyoming and energy companies can keep fracking chemicals secret, court rules

Residents of Wyoming want to know what chemicals frackers are pumping into the ground. State officials know, but state officials won't tell.

Climate & Energy

What does the collapse of solar-panel giant Suntech mean? Pricier panels, probably

Chinese solar-panel heavyweight Suntech is going bankrupt, and lots of other panel manufacturers around the world are in trouble too.

Climate & Energy

Protests against tar-sands pipelines heat up in U.S. and Canada

Last week saw more than 50 protests against the Keystone XL and Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines -- and vows of many more to come.


There are even more dead pigs in a Chinese river

The 16,000 dead pigs floating down the Huangpu River might actually mean that China is making progress on food safety.


Idiot shoots horse on camera to promote horsemeat

An employee of a New Mexico slaughterhouse thought it would help bring attention to his horse-eating cause. It brought attention all right.


Obama creates five new national monuments

He is protecting land on the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state, creating a monument to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railway in Maryland, and more.

Climate & Energy

Senate gives a big, fat thumbs-up to Keystone XL

The vote was non-binding but all too telling. On Friday, the Senate voted 62 to 37 in favor of building the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline.