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Photo: In a rare occurance, poppies explode across California
The state's official flower is on the wane, but every so often they bloom with a vengeance. Here's why.
Our streets may be clogged with self-driving cars
There will be fewer of them, but they will all be moving all the time, and going farther.
Small and skinny house divided, scaled to fit into irregular Tokyo lot (Video)
Japan's particular regulations on land taxes and building codes inform this small and minimalist home, which makes the most of an odd-shaped lot.
These powerful electric bikes offer a massive dose of old school style
If you're looking for an e-bike that blows away pretty much everything else on the market, take a peek at Juicer Bike's electric motorbicycles.
How should we measure the happiness of cities?
Is Naples, Florida really the happiest city in America? Perhaps we are not using the right criteria.
How to ensure a successful meal prep day
By dedicating a day to cooking freezer meals and other recipes in advance, you will save time, money, and stress. Here are some ideas for doing it efficiently.
It's World Water Day, and the Great Lakes are at risk thanks to proposed EPA cutbacks
And it's not just lefty TreeHuggers who are outraged; Everybody is in on this war of words
Why you should sleep in a cool bedroom
Turn down the thermostat, crack a window, and ditch the blankets for some science-backed health benefits.
How to cook pasta correctly, according to science
Salt or no salt? Oil or no oil? Answers to these pressing questions and more revealed.
'Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life' (book review)
Published by The Minimalists in 2016, this book focuses on Five Values that, surprisingly, have nothing to do with material possessions.
7 things that happened to these nurses after going vegan for 21 days
A group of 19 nurses decided to test a plant-based diet, here's what happened.
Photo: Chick shows off the wonderfully odd anatomy of flamingos
Our photo of the day offers a great lesson in the strange mechanics of flamingo legs.
Tree-on-a-chip mimics plants' hydraulic pumping power
The technology could be used to power small robots.
How to win-win when cutting environmental regulations and building walls
The art of "umdenken" - German for rethinking the problem
How to travel frugally
With the right approach, seeing the world does not have to cost a fortune.
These intricate carpets are constructed with red earth (Video)
Made with loose soil that's been sifted and stamped, these meticulously handcrafted 'carpets' have a hidden story to tell.
Dutch solar bike path declared a success, is expanding
Have I been wrong all these years?
Italians are the world's healthiest people
Despite a stagnant economy and high youth unemployment, Italians are the epitome of health and longevity.
New clothing care label wants you to stop overwashing
The Care Label Project will add a label to thousands of clothes in hopes that people will adopt laundry habits that are better for both fabric and the Earth.
6 foods with surprisingly high amounts of salt
Excess salt is not confined to frozen pizzas and chips. It sneaks into a number of unsuspecting foods.
Modern Australian tent house seamlessly brings nature inside
Shaded by a tent structure overhead, this modern home can open up or close down according to the seasons.
To feel rested when you wake up, go to bed at this exact time
Instead of thinking about how many hours to sleep, working with sleep cycles could be the key to a restful night.
Why overfishing and unemployed fishermen are directly linked
An Irish fisherman shares how the industry has changed.
International Day of Forests: Plug In to nature's powerhouse
Did you know that the International Day of Forests is celebrated every year on March 21?
Vertical microgreen garden can supply fresh microveggies quickly and affordably
A new product focuses on making it easy to grow microveggies, which are said to be up to 40 times more nutrient-rich than the full-grown versions.
Predicting our Future: A new podcast series looks at prefab
It's a great overview of the industry, but not without some caveats
New study shows that "scofflaw cyclists" don't break the law any more than drivers
Everybody's doing it, even the pedestrians. So why do they pick on the people on bikes?
Facial hair for forests: BeardsOn uses whiskers to raise money for planting trees
This Australian non-profit's campaign urges men to "unleash a beard" to "save the planet with your manhood."
You can hang your chair on the wall if it's an Ollie
Here is a clever new design that unfurls with a flourish and retracts with a simple pull of a string.
Heavenly 19th-century constellation cards are out of this world
The exquisite 'Urania's Mirror' box set included 32 celestial chart cards with perforated stars to help map the heavens.
Another answer to the question: "Why do I feel chilly?"
Most people (even the ones designing houses and selling heating systems) just don't get it, but a new blog tries to explain it.
Celebration, Florida may be destroyed in order to save it
The fire department demands trees and on-street parking be removed so that they can have 20' clear speedways
Scotland approves another floating wind farm project
If successful, these farms could be a major step forward for offshore wind energy elsewhere.
Wood fibers make for cheap, portable water filtration
The electricity-free system could be used in refugee camps.
Photo: Yosemite's view of the Milky Way and Andromeda
Not one galaxy, but two, afforded by the pristine skies of Yosemite National Park.
The 20 happiest countries on the planet
The numbers are in for the World Happiness Report 2017; who wins this year's crown of contentment? Think of it as a love letter to Scandinavia.
Japan's amazing school lunch program is about more than just eating
Lunch takes on a different nature when treated as an education period, rather than a recreational one.
Stop blaming Insta-loving millennials for rampant food waste
Young people may be responsible for the most food waste in the UK, but there are deeper historical factors at play.
Recon is offering its 50-mile range MONO electric bike for under $800
It must be almost spring, because e-bike campaigns are popping up all over.
UK's 'Victorian era' CO2 emissions achieved without driving up energy costs
In the last few decades, emissions have plummeted in the UK. Luckily, energy bills have remained stable too.
Discover the magic that exists outdoors
Learn how to spend time outside for no purpose other than spending time outside.
Canada effectively bans drones in cities
Try and find a spot that is more than 250 feet from any buildings, people, or animals.
The secret to cooking amazing vegetables
Clue: It has to do with another food group.
What's wrong with this picture?
We shouldn't have to dress our kids up in gas masks to send them outside.
Photo: Coyote ponders the thawing field
Out majestic photo of the day comes from Calgary, Canada.
Mirrored box on rooftop is an invisible urban treehouse
The mirrored glass on this small extension renders it almost invisible.
Water-dwelling tardigrades survive dry spells by turning into glass
The tough-as-nails creatures can survive desiccation for a decade, and revive in an hour after being exposed to water.
7 quirky facts about the vernal equinox
From dancing tree fairies to the reality of spring fever, there's more to the March equinox than almost-equal night and day.
It's open season on open space
We are losing public parks and open space to new construction and competing uses.
Photo: An ode to all things green
Photo of the day, Saint Patrick's edition.
It's Sneckdown time!
The recent snowfall on the east coast provided a great opportunity for a new Streetfilms epic.
Why the rise of women-only co-working spaces makes sense
Women-friendly co-working spaces are popping up all over the place, offering women community, connection and a supportive environment for their business ventures.
Modern French tiny house gets the big window treatment
This wood-clad gem out of France has a huge wall of windows to let in lots of light.
Little Siberian girl's forest adventure shows that kids can be resilient and capable
Helicopter parents should pay attention to this remarkable 4-year-old's feat. Maybe it's time to allow Junior to walk to school alone?
Should we buy low emission cars from companies that oppose efficiency?
The same car makers who scored a big win with President Trump are finally putting out some interesting low emission vehicles.
EPA to revisit and probably roll back fuel economy standards
Because America needs more SUVs and pickup trucks to be great again
4 steps for creating a capsule wardrobe
Eliminate clutter, indecision, and stress in your closet by adopting this sensible habit.
UrbanX drop-in e-bike wheel takes a minute to install, and promises a 30-mile range
One solution to the dilemma of wanting to keep your favorite bike, while also getting the benefits of electric mobility, is a drop-in wheel replacement.
The health benefits of herbs
Learn what 9 of the most common herbs can do to boost your health and wellbeing.
Spiders eat up to 800 million tons of insects a year
Meanwhile, humans consume a mere 400 million tons in meat and fish.
Should architects say 'bye to the bay window?
They are gorgeous, but they sure waste a lot of energy.
Dietary supplements can fend off postpartum blues
Study found a drastic difference in mood between new moms who took a three-day supplement and those who didn't.
Photo: Secrets of a Choco frog revealed
Or, this is how a frog works.
Memphis Meats reveals first lab-grown chicken
It looks and tastes like regular fried chicken, but its production never ruffled a feather.
French startup will put 'flying' electric water taxis to work in Paris
It's like Uber for 'flying' water cars, with an über-cute name: SeaBubbles.
Freight ship deploys spinning sails to cut fuel use
The retrofitted columns could, apparently, cut 10% of the ship's fuel.
Tesla will kill the duck in Australia in 100 days or it's free
Elon Musk lays down a bet in a tweet that might change everything down under.
Forget 'spark joy.' How about 'use it up'?
Using your old stuff till it wears out is not exciting, but it makes sense from an environmental perspective.
It's the Ides of March, a good day for a bath
A look back at the Roman Bath, which was a wonderful idea.
Runaway ponies brave storm to frolic in the snow
NYC ponies Blondie and Jewels rushed the paddock gate to have a snow day of their own.
Judge allows California to require cancer warning on Monsanto's Roundup
A judge has ruled against Monsanto; company complains that it would drive some customers away. Unsealed documents add to drama.
Jetson is mainstreaming e-bikes with its Adventure bike
When e-bikes are available through Kohl's and Walmart, perhaps they've become normalized.
PassivDom is a passive tiny 3D printed carbon fiber autonomous solar powered marvel
Is it too good to be true?
Humans face a shocking, chemical-induced reproductive crisis
Endocrine disrupting chemicals in our environment have damaged male sperm, most of which are now misshapen and unable to swim properly.
Priority pathogens list published by WHO
"If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time"
Who's killing the electric car?
It's dejà vu all over again and the fossil forces and state governments gang up on the nascent industry
Please walk your kid to school instead of driving
A shocking fact sheet shows the permanent damage that traffic pollution can do to our children's health.
Simulator predicts how a tsunami will behave before it hits
The system only takes 10 minutes to make the prediction giving governments and rescue teams time to prepare.
This couple's school bus is a modern motorhome for working & traveling in (Video)
Having found a job that allows them work remotely via the Internet (while on the road), this couple decided it was time to pursue their dream of full-time travel.
Photo: The extraordinary feather coat of a mountain chickadee
This cozy ball of fluff comes from Calgary, Canada.
New UN report blames pesticides for food insecurity
The United Nations says it's time to overturn the myth that pesticides can feed the world and come up with better, safer ways of producing our food.
New Zealand will ban plastic microbeads by 2018
If cosmetics companies won't self-regulate, then it's up to countries to take a strong stance against these nasty miniature pollutants.
Should plug-in hybrid drivers use public charging?
What is the correct etiquette when you have gas to fall back on?
Life-like resin & brass insect sculptures reveal the beauty of 'bugs'
These carefully crafted artworks look like nature -- with an imaginative twist.
2017 Evoke Urban S is a sub-$10K electric motorcycle with a 124-mile range
When an e-bike isn't enough, an entry-level electric motorcycle could be the zero (tailpipe) emission solution for you.
Tesla supplying solar power to Hawaii all day and all of the night
Solar City and Tesla take the Kinks out of solar power with plenty of PowerPacks
It's "Sleepy Monday" – Be careful out there
Even a full day later, a one hour shift in the clock is hard to adjust to.
Yosemite's splendor by the numbers
Yosemite National Park is so visually stunning that the facts behind the beauty can sometimes seem moot - but these impressive numbers bear noting.
Plastic packaging is a suffocating barrier between food growers and eaters
British chef Tom Hunt has an intriguing take on how eliminating plastic packaging can revitalize our food system.
On soap-free living
Most people are horrified to hear that Jackie Hong hasn't used soap in 7 years, but she might be the smart one.
Worldwide solar power growth increased by 50 percent in 2016
It's a huge leap in installed solar power.
Photo: Treehopper triplets all in a row
Today's parade of treehopper nymphs comes from the rain forest of Ecuador.
Chinese city gets bike highway in the sky
Forgive me for dissing Dissing + Weitling Architecture, but this is not the way to deal with bikes
Who needs money when you can barter?
A big part of frugal living is figuring out ways to 'circumvent using money to do our chores.' Sounds like time to resuscitate the ancient practice of trading for goods and services!
Smart, affordable & portable 352 sq. ft. prefab Kasita is now in production
The company is offering a new-and-improved micro-home that's now commercially available.
How to clean smelly gym clothes
Green cleaning methods are the most effective way to get rid of stench.
You'll never want to buy synthetic clothing after watching 'The Story of Microfibers'
The Story of Stuff's new film explains how yoga pants, fleeces, and even underwear are responsible for rampant plastic pollution.
8 things to know about the Full Worm Moon
March's full moon has some stories to tell.
It's time to rethink the way we cook
Preparing food on a per-meal basis is exhausting and inefficient. Surely there's a better way to put food on the table.
Large-scale floating offshore wind power is finally here
A new, 50MW floating offshore wind farm just got approved. Why does this matter?
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