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Living

The Constitution doesn’t care about your uterus

We're stuck in a hellish tango around the constitutional validity of controlling our uteri.

Climate & Energy

Oil spill returns to its ancestral waters near Santa Barbara

Here's a short list of ways the spill could lead to serious legislative change.

Climate & Energy

Can cities, businesses, and other new climate actors help bridge the emissions gap?

The U.N. Climate Summit last year elicited dozens of action plans, and some of them could make a real difference, new research finds.

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Should I cut down my tree to save water in the drought?

To tree or not to tree, that is the question. Umbra says 'tis nobler to tree. The real question is, what kind?

UPHILL BATTLES

What’s the most bike-friendly city in the U.S.? Not what you’d guess

Portland? Nope. Seattle? Not even close. Here are your answers, from the brainiacs at Walk Score.

Science

Solar space sails are real, and Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson are stoked

LightSail could offer a low-cost and reliable way to propel small satellites. Plus, it's cool!

Climate & Energy

Railroad safety fact check: Fires and spills are up despite industry claims

The railroad industry says 2014 was its safest year on record -- but a close look at the numbers isn't going to make you feel very safe.

Climate & Energy

What do we need to fight climate change? More worms.

A new Yale-led study shows that worms and other soil-dwelling critters could help curb carbon emissions and fight global warming.

Politics

Mike Huckabee can’t make up his mind about ethanol

The GOP presidential hopeful has been a vocal supporter of the ethanol industry -- except when he bashes it.