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What an Unbelievably Cute Ball of Fur Can Teach Us About Climate Change

It’s an unpalatable truth, but since we’re already late in attacking climate change we better learn how to adapt.

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Want Blue Energy? Then Trade Risk for Information

There are a lot of unknowns about the ecological effects of ocean-based renewable energy. A screwy permitting process, a new analysis argues, makes answering those questions that much harder.

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Did Don Ho Have a Solution to Global Warming?

Talk about global warming quickly turns to the question of carbon in the atmosphere. But the more fundamental observation about how much sunshine the planet bounces back into space should probably precede any mention of greenhouse gases.

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Women Relax, Men Mountaineer: What Backpacks Reveal About Gendered Marketing of Outdoor Sports

Why do we need to sort our gear into men’s and women’s categories anyway?

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Not Ready for Prime Time: Making Fuel Out of Invasive Plants

When it comes to making ethanol, taking a hard, second look at seemingly great ideas is smart policy.

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The Economics of Illegal Ivory

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says destroying ivory can reduce supply and demand at same time.

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Seeking Peace Through Superior Flower Power

Restoring Africa’s peace could be helped by restoring its fabled—and endangered—fauna.

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A Ghost Town’s Second Life as a Climate Refuge for Rodents

Why are ground squirrels thriving in the former gold mining town of Bodie, California?

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Why Disasters Like the Typhoon in the Philippines Will Keep Getting Worse

It’s not just because of climate change—it’s population growth, too.

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A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Crew in Yarnell

Interpreting the Yarnell Hill Fire, the deadliest wildfire ever in Arizona.

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What Makes You Neurotic?

A new study gets to the root of our anxieties.

Fecal Donor Banks Are Possible and Could Save Lives

Defrosted fecal matter can be gross to talk about, but the benefits are too remarkable to tiptoe around.

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014