Living

The tiny house documentary is finally (almost) here! Peek inside the result

Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller built the 127-foot space without a plan. Gutsy!

Food

Pasture blazed: How more wildfires could result in less grass-fed meat

As the charbroiled western states cool down for the winter, ranchers are bracing themselves for year-round fire risk. Here's what that means for the meat on our plates.

Sandy could result in kinder, gentler subway rats

If the dominant rats were further down in the tunnels, mostly submissive rats would have survived. Which could make rats nicer overall. Maybe. Probably not.

China’s brand-new baby panda is the result of actual panda sex

Fans of (slightly weird) adorableness are having a good week, as a panda named Yuan Yuan at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in southwest China gave birth to her fourth cub.

Climate & Energy

Temperature increases result in economic decreases

A new study finds that hotter weather hurts economies in developing countries. So, that's great anyway.

Politics

Election recap: Much ado (and cash) results in nothing

What do millions of dollars in television ads and mail and voter outreach get you? The status quo in Wisconsin and California.

Factory Farms

Will the Butterball raid yield any real results?

If turkey were beer, Butterball would have the brand power of Budweiser, Miller, and Coors combined. From six plants, the company produces 1 billion pounds of turkey each year and exports the meat to over 50 countries. Given this dominance, the Butterball brand has been a priceless asset to the company — until Thursday morning. At about 9:00 a.m., officers from the local sheriff’s office raided a Butterball semen collection facility in Shannon, N.C. (Industrially bred Broad-Breasted White turkeys must be artificially inseminated to reproduce.) The raid has not yet produced confirmed arrests, but if the events of the past year …

Climate deniers refuse to accept skeptical scientists’ results

So you know how we kind of use "climate change deniers" and "climate change skeptics" interchangeably, because news stories get super boring if you don't mix it up? We're not wild about doing that, because skepticism is in fact a great scientific value that people should embrace, whereas denialism is just sticking your fingers in your ears and going "la la la." And nothing has made that clearer than the skeptical scientists who, despite their Koch funding, found evidence of global warming — and the dogmatic deniers who refused to accept their results. Richard Muller and his team at Berkeley …

Food

Chilean sea bass test yields fishy results

Recent DNA testing revealed that so-called sustainable Chilean sea bass samples were not, in fact, what they were advertised to be.

The little program that could

A small venture that could generate big results

Imagine a program that turns a relatively small initial investment into billions of dollars of U.S. economic growth, thousands of new Americans jobs, and groundbreaking technologies that change the way we use energy in this country and around the world. It's called the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy and it is about to be given the bureaucratic equivalent of a death sentence.

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