1. Ay, there’s the scrub

    First came the ads and webisodes showing Dawn detergent cleaning itty-bitty oil-soaked critters. Now Ellen DeGeneres is barking about becoming a seal on Dawn’s world-saving website. Nemo has yet to comment on the development.

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  2. Remote controlled

    Channeling vintage Grist List, Connecticut has launched a “No Child Left Inside” campaign and kid-TV network Nickelodeon went dark for three hours in an effort to get “Generation In” to go outside and play. Or change the channel and grab the Cheetos. Whichever.

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  3. One degree of preparation

    We heart Heidi Cullen. And we heart her even more now that she’s created a series of snappy film shorts for the Weather Channel’s new One Degree climate-change site. Go watch them. Now. Apocalypse never looked so good.

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  4. Trout to sea

    A high-school student’s science project has spawned the removal of a concrete dam in Oregon. Colby Davidson, now 17, trapped some 200 fish in a dammed creek, demonstrating that it still nursed a thriving native fish population. He’ll be taking that blue ribbon now, thanks.

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  5. Smoggy night

    Drawing attention to the air pollution that’s making them sick, activists in Hong Kong snuck a painting of their smoggy skyline into an exhibit of European masterpieces on loan from Paris’ Pompidou Centre. Know what’s fun to say? Smoggy Pompidou.

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