News

the silence of the owls

What makes owls deadly could make wind turbines silent

This bird-inspired tech tweak could make wind turbines quieter -- and that might make them more effective, too.

Looking on the Blight Side of Things

California is figuring out the whole drought thing for the rest of us

Turns out there's an upside to the ongoing drought in the U.S.

Science

This giant algae bloom is ruining all the clams, making you cry

It's the biggest toxic bloom of its kind in a decade, stretching from Santa Barbara to Alaska. Welcome back to Spoiler Alerts.

Doing It On Porpoise

There are just 97 of these adorable porpoises left

The Gulf of California's vaquita is critically endangered, thanks to rampant gill-net fishing.

Climate & Energy

The “secret science committee” behind the pope’s encyclical

The Pontifical Academy is the "400-year-old collective ... that operates as the pope’s eyes and ears on the natural world."

Business & Technology

This electric scooter comes with swappable batteries

Eat your heart out, Elon Musk.

Snarknado

Why are we building a research center full of deadly diseases in the tornado capital of the world?

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is being moved from a remote corner of Long Island to Kansas, right in the middle of Tornado Alley. What could go wrong?

let them google that for you

Look at this trippy map of all your climate-related Google searches

The visualization shows how our everyday climate questions differ around the world.

Living

Tell women about birth control that works — and they’ll choose birth control that works

We bring this to you straight from the "no shit" department.