Odds of life on newfound planet are '100 percent' →
An Earth-size planet has been spotted orbiting a nearby star at a distance that makes it not too hot and not too cold — comfortable enough for life to exist on this “Goldilocks” planet.
Author Q&A: 'Bottled and Sold' →
In the U.S and Canada, we have high-quality, cheap tap water at our disposal, yet we buy bottled water. What’s that all about?
Space beer headed for zero gravity bar →
The world’s first beer to be certified for space consumption will soon undergo tests in weightlessness. Drink up!
Man is the only animal that enjoys the pain of... →
How is it that humans evolved a liking for hot spices when the rest of the animal kingdom avoids it like the hot plague?
Rx for patients: Bad words can have a good effect →
Hospital patients tend to warm up to doctors who curse.
Americans don't know much about religion →
Atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Catholics in answering questions about major religions.
Consumption-conscious billionaires →
After our story last week on Mayor Mike Bloomberg owning only two pairs of shoes, we take a bigger look at billionaires who live simply and consciously.
City life fosters disease-resistance →
Cities show evolutionary resistance to certain infections, such as tuberculosis and leprosy. But why?
How to make a real life zombie →
Sure, you’ve seen them in the movies — but is it really possible to turn someone into a zombie? The short (and frightening) answer is yes.
Hard-hitting sports hold dangers for teen athletes →
A new study shows that ice hockey and football are the kid sports most likely to cause concussions.
Generation Y says: Why drive when you can text? →
When it comes to getting a license and driving, today’s under-30s just have other priorities.
Dinosaurs found on lost continent of Laramidia →
A bizarre dinosaur with 15 horns is one of two new close relatives of Triceratops that scientists unearthed in Utah.
46 smart uses for salt →
How many ways can you use salt? According to the Salt Institute, about 14,000! Here are 46 of our favorites.
Moral search engines take sin off the Web →
These search engines can filter out alcohol, pornography and profanity — and help you avoid temptation.
North Dakota lake swallows land, buildings and... →
This North Dakota lake has already swallowed two towns and is hungry for more.
Moonshine is still a popular drink with hobbyists →
Hooch, white lightning, mountain dew, firewater — no matter what you call it, moonshine is making a comeback in a big way.
The world's 33 most charitable countries named →
The World Giving Index has released this year’s list of the world’s most giving nations. How does the U.S. rank?
Profound and peculiar changes caused by the... →
From fewer shark attacks to more unclaimed bodies, the recession has affected the U.S. in some unexpected ways. Check out how we’ve changed.
When green isn't good enough: The phosphate issue →
The dilemma: Phosphate-free detergents are much better for the environment. But some users say their dishes aren’t coming out as clean and they aren’t happy. What do you do when consumers say they want to help the environment but it collides with their expectations?
British plan will add an hour to the day →
A group in Britain is pushing this idea: Shift the clocks forward by one hour throughout the entire year. The time would still jump forward in spring and back in the fall, but they proposing “moving” an hour of daylight to the evening hours rather than the morning.
Poor Little Fishbowl Sink: Conserve or else →
Designer Yan Lu’s Poor Little Fishbowl Sink puts your pet goldfish in peril when you overuse water … well, kind of.
Destination of the week: Botswana →
Save your money for a truly natural safari experience in one of the most welcoming, safe and user-friendly nations on the African continent.
Global swoon over the moon set for Saturday →
Tomorrow night, join in on more than 280 moon-watching events in more than 40 countries, including China, Germany and Egypt. Will you be watching?
High fructose corn syrup reinvents itself →
The makers of the sweetener have petitioned the FDA to rename it corn sugar in the best interest of making things clear for the consumer.
September 15 is Captain Planet Day →
20 years ago today, the world’s first eco-hero launched on TV — and we still remember the theme song: “Captain Planet, he’s our hero, Gonna take pollution down to zero…”
Trail report: Glacier National Park →
One backpacker’s breathtaking snapshots — and the demise of a melting masterwork.
Everything you never wanted to know about rats →
They live in walls, eat our garbage and spread disease. But did you know they also can squeeze into a hole 3/4 of an inch wide?
Keep fighting to ban plastic bags →
You may have heard that the bill to ban plastic bags was voted down in California earlier this week. Here, environmental activists share three ways to continue the fight.