Report: Fewer Risks, More Rewards for Socially Responsible Apparel

For fashion companies that have operated with unbridled freedom over the years, the trend of social responsibility can feel like a millstone around the neck. Indeed, for a long time, many major brands were inclined toward “greenwashing” to portray themselves as more environmentally friendly than their actions warranted. Today, more are finding that profitability and…

Owls Dying Near Marijuana Farms (Here’s Why)

If asked, spotted owls would likely vote against marijuana legalization. New research reveals that several species, including the Northern spotted owl, are succumbing to rat poison from thousands of “unpermitted private grow sites” in the northwestern counties of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Del Norte. It’s the contamination of the owls’ primary food source—mice and rats, which,…

Frozen Sharks Washing Up on Cape Cod

As the Arctic blast continues to roil the Eastern Seaboard with gusty winds and frigid temperatures, at least four thresher sharks have been found frozen off the coast of Cape Cod. Is Old Man Winter to blame? Probably not, as the sharks likely died not from hypothermia but from stranding themselves in shallow waters as…

This Tiny Sea Monster Had Creepy Mouth Appendages

When Habelia optata first skittered into public consciousness more than a century ago, scientists didn’t know what to make of it. The long-extinct sea predator, which flourished during the middle Cambrian period about 508 million years ago, measured less than a inch long, yet it wasn’t an animal you’d be keen to encounter. “Tiny yet…

How Nordic Brands are Shifting the Sustainability Status Quo

The Danes have a word, “hygge,” pronounced “hoo-guh,” that the Oxford Dictionaries describe as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” The Norwegians refer to this state of bliss as “koselig;’’ the Finns, “kalsarikannit.” In Sweden, everyone from Malmö to Kiruna bandies about the word “lagom,” which…

Cave of the ‘Mayan Underworld’ Filled with Methane-Eating Creatures

In the subterranean rivers and flooded caverns of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula—once thought to hold the path to Xibalba, the mythical Mayan underworld—scientists have uncovered a liminal world where methane is the unlikely driving force for life. After plumbing the depths of Ox Bel Ha, a submerged estuary complex that rivals Texas’ Galveston Bay in size,…

Buzz Aldrin Launches ‘Mission to Mars’ Fashion Line with Sprayground

As Lunar Module pilot for NASA’s historic Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon and back in a space capsule. Now, the former fighter pilot, aerospace engineer, bestselling author and reality-show contestant is setting his sights on a different kind of capsule—the kind you only hear about in fashion. Together with Sprayground, a…

World’s Smallest Tape Recorder Is Alive

Scientists have converted a bunch of microbes into what they’ve dubbed the “world’s smallest tape recorder.” By tinkering with the genes of an ordinary laboratory strain of Escherichia coli bacteria, researchers say they’ve been able to coax the bacteria into not only logging their interactions with the environment but time-stamping these occurrences, as well. These…

Argentina Adopts Responsible Wool Standard to Rehabilitate Reputation

Convincing a brand to adopt a third-party standard can be a tough sell. Persuading an entire country? Well, that’s practically unheard of. But something nigh miraculous happened on the way to the Sustainable Textile Conference, the five-day industry affair organized by Textile Exchange in mid-October. Defying all odds, the nonprofit announced that two key Argentine…

The First Female Doctor Who’s Outfit, in All Its Quirky Glory

The new Doctor Who has a new look. As portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to take on the vaunted role, the 13th incarnation of the time-and-space-tripping Gallifreyan is all dressed up with everywhere to go. In a new photo from the BBC, the Broadchurch star flaunts shin-skimming, high-waisted teal culottes, mustard suspenders à…