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Tax Breaks May Turn San Francisco's Vacant Lots Into Urban Farms

In San Francisco, there's a new program aimed at property owners who can resist the temptations of the sky-high real estate development market and turn their vacant lots into agricultural oases instead.<p>Many sustainability advocates have applauded the creation of the tax incentive, announced in …

The Forgotten Farmers

<i>Photo Credit: © Dplett</i><p>It's heartening to see the growing public interest in what we eat and how it's produced. People are waking up to the fact that the Western diet is damaging our health and that industrial farming is effectively destroying our planet. And with climate change looming large on the …

This Is Why You Should Consider Xeriscaping Your Lawn

This style of gardening reduces the need for supplemental water use — the Earth, and your wallet, will thank you.<p>Don't let the complicated sounding name scare you, xeriscaping is actually quite simple. And, according to Redfin, the gardening technique could help homeowners conserve both water and …

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Garden Visit: A Modern CA Garden Inspired by the Classics

The ancient Greeks loved symmetry for a good reason. As do Ken and Jean Victor Linsteadt–for the same reason. By adding stone walls and a staircase …


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Urban farms now produce 1/5 of the world's food

<i>Reprinted with permission from Ensia. This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a non-profit</i> …

The Best Roast Chicken You'll Ever Have

Whenever I eat roast chicken, I remember the book A Year in Provence , where Peter Mayle talks about how his friends would invite him to a l...

Facebook finds images of breasts offensive

Do you think so? Facebook does. They recently censored it, along with some other images of breasts that appeared on photographer Gemma Rose …

The 'Man Who Flies For Free' says these are the 3 best websites for airline deals

Keyes has become so gifted at landing supercheap tickets and getting the most out of his frequent-flier miles that he has booked an epic world trip that spans 13 countries, 20,000 miles, and 21 flights — all free.<p>He told Business Insider his process was a "labor of love" and that he enjoyed finding …

Palm Sunday celebrated worldwide – in pictures

Feast marks the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem and ushers in Holy Week ceremonies among Christians across the globe


Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …


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What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

From joy and attachment to anxiety and protectiveness, mothering behavior begins with biochemical reactions.<p>The artist Sarah Walker once told me that becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live. I always liked Walker's description …