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Number Crunch

Unusual cold weather gave the state’s power grid a stress test. It wasn’t prepared.


Electric car charging is operating on a version of the freemium model — cheap only until you are hooked

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images


Number Crunch

But will it last?


NUMBER OF THE DAY

Turning our beaches into a receptacle for Big Plastic

Photo: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images


Number of the Day

Keeping cool on a hot planet is only warming it faster


NUMBER OF THE DAY

The tiny plastic pellets have become a big environmental problem

Number of the Day: 25 — How many approximate tons of plastic “nurdles” were recently spilled into the Mississippi River
Number of the Day: 25 — How many approximate tons of plastic “nurdles” were recently spilled into the Mississippi River
Photo illustration, source: dottedhippo/iStock/Getty Images Plus


Natural Fiber Welding employees wearing Mirum belts. The belts were produced to show one potential use for Natural Fiber Welding’s plant-based leathers. Photography by Evan Jenkins

Fashion designers, environmentalists, and car companies are desperate for someone to invent animal-free leather. This Peoria, Illinois upstart thinks it can.


We’re getting more efficient about resource use because of, not in spite of, the world’s dominant economic system

Illustration: Jackson Gibbs

Fertile farms

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