11 Animals Named After U.S. Presidents

The study of taxonomy is often a slog. There are measurements to take, technical descriptions to write, and databases to parse—all tasks that require nothing short of meticulous, tireless precision. The naming of a new species, on the other hand, can be an exhilarating, even celebratory experience. Scientists have been known to christen their discoveries…

Air Pollution May Make Solar Panels Less Efficient

From inefficient grids, shortfalls in policy, and even the occasional eclipse, solar-energy collection faces no shortage of hurdles. Scientists have discovered another stumbling block: air pollution. In certain parts of the globe, the accumulation of particulate matter on solar panels can curtail energy output by more than 25 percent, according to a new study. Published…

This T-Shirt Changes Colors in Response to Water Pollution

Ocean acidification isn’t something that most folks lose sleep over. As a side effect of climate change, it doesn’t present a striking image the way a crack in the Antarctic ice shelf or a hurricane-battered coast might. But some problems need to be seen to be believed, so David de Rothschild, founder of the lifestyle…

Heady Days for Neil deGrasse Tyson: Astrophysicist Gets His Own Beer!

Neil deGrasse Tyson has plenty to raise a glass to this month. Not only did the famed astrophysicist become the first American to receive the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication on Tuesday (June 6), but he’s also getting his very own beer, courtesy of the Asheville Brewing Co. in North Carolina. An American version…

Why Transparency in the Fashion Industry Matters

For decades, brands have thrived on obfuscation and diversion. Pay no attention to the supply chain behind the curtain! Ignore the human-rights abuses that are responsible for this incredible bargain! Turn a blind eye to the environmental degradation that’s paying for this mind-blowingly cheap deal! But as the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh proved,…

Vivobarefoot is Launching a Sneaker Made From Algae

Vivobarefoot, a London-based purveyor of so-called “barefoot” footwear, is going green in an altogether unexpected way. Together with Bloom, a materials innovation firm from San Diego, the company is poised to debut the world’s first molded shoe derived from algae. No, swamp couture hasn’t suddenly become en vogue. Rather, Bloom harvests biomass from ponds and…

High Fashion Meets Vintage NASA in New ‘Coach Space’ Collection

NASA is having a fashion moment. Or, perhaps more accurately, fashion is having a NASA moment. Hot on the heels of Chanel’s interstellar-themed fashion show—and mock rocket launch—in March, Coach is feting a cosmically inspired collection of its own. An ode to “American dreamers and explorers who believe that anything is possible,” the luxury brand’s…

C&A debuts World’s First Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold T-shirts

A Belgium-based chain of clothing stores has launched the world’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold T-shirts. Available in two styles for women in up to 17 different colors, C&A’s tees mark the company’s first foray into apparel for the so-called “circular economy,” where products are designed to be reused or recycled rather than thrown…

The 20 Weirdest Aliens in the Marvel Universe

When Guardians of the Galaxy opened in theaters in 2014, it marked a distinct tonal shift in the way Marvel told its stories on the silver screen. Gone were the brooding heroes struggling to cope with the crushing onus of destiny. In their place, we got a motley crew of misfits and mercenaries who were…

NASA Eyeing ‘Chain Mail’ Fabric for Use in Space

To protect its spacecraft from the rigors of deep space, a team of NASA engineers is turning to a time-honored—and battle-proven—solution: chain mail. Led by Raul Polit Casillas, whose mother is a fashion designer in Spain, the group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed a prototype fabric that puts an extraterrestrial spin on the…