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Climate Change Is Turning Your Produce Into Junk Food

Higher levels of atmospheric carbon make key staple crops less nutritious.

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Living Near Foreclosed Property Is Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure

Researchers say lender-owned foreclosures could be causing neighbors too much stress.  

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California's Metros Take the Prize for 2014's Most-Polluted U.S. Cities

But they're not alone: roughly half the nation lives with unhealthy concentrations of ozone or particulate pollution.

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The Microscopic Beauty of Air Pollution

Viewed under an electron microscope, smog can look like snowflakes.

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Chicago's Trendiest New Lunch Option Comes Out of a Vending Machine

Farmer's Fridge sells fresh, swanky salads out of recyclable jars.

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The World's Fight Against Polio, in 1 GIF

India is almost "polio-free."

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It Will Be Hard to Beat China's Latest Food Contamination Scandal

A slaughterhouse injects meat with water from dirty ponds.

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Your Neighborhood Significantly Influences the Air You Breathe

Levels of pollution exposure can vary dramatically within a city.

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Chinese Students Fight Smog With Kung Fu Aerobics

A school administrator says the workout can detoxify lungs and dispel residue gas.

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Americans Smoke 139,000 Cigarettes Every 15 Seconds (And They're All in This Painting)

Chris Jordan warns against the environmental consequences of throwing away more than a trillion cigarette butts annually.

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U.S. Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Mothers, and No One Knows Why

Medical advances have prolonged life expectancy, but women in parts of the country have been left behind.

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Liking Your Neighbors Could Help Prevent You From Having a Stroke

Researchers have found evidence that strong social ties may be just as important as not smoking.

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Even in Big Cities With Light Pollution, the Moon Influences Our Sleep Cycles

A full moon can cause nights of shorter, worse sleep, according to European researchers.

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The Real Genius of Bloomberg's Plan to Convince You to Take the Stairs

This is nothing like banning soda.

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Air Pollution Kills More Than 2 Million a Year

But silver lining: This scourge isn't being worsened much by that other anthropogenic menace, climate change.

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It's About to Get Much Easier to Dig Up Your Apartment's Deep, Dark Secrets

Track down a building's code violations, noise complaints, or that nagging history of chemical contamination.

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The Geography of Hunger in America

More kids live in food-insecure homes in Los Angeles than anywhere else in the United States.

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Just in Time for Summer, a Bicycle That Sprays You in the Face With Water

The Q-Fog handlebar system splurts cooling jets of water onto overheated cyclists.

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The Ice in Restaurant Sodas Can Have More Bacteria Than Toilet Water

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