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Nepalese Porters Are World’s Most Effective Carriers

Nepalese porters do the job better than anyone else, hefting huge bundles while using relatively little energy

A Whiff of Trust

Simply sniffing the hormone oxytocin is enough to boost one’s trust, a new study finds.

Swaddling a Glacier

In the Swiss Alps, a huge sheet of fleece-like material is helping keep ice cool, in an effort to extend the life of a glacier threatened by global warming

Time’s Up on Time Travel

Perhaps the best experimental evidence yet against the feasibility of going back in time is that no one from the future showed up at a convention on time travel on 7 May at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The gathering sprang from a late-night idea of MIT graduate student Amal Dorai, who read in […]

Fish Moved by Warming Waters

As the oceans warm up, populations of fish in Europe’s North Sea have moved toward the Arctic, apparently a response to try to stay cool

Wind Power in Wordsworth Country

Two major environmental groups are telling Brits who would live near a proposed wind farm: Yes, in your backyard.


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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