Lauren Steele

Happy Birthday, Smokey!

Smokey Bear turns 70 on Saturday, August 9. And, no, he doesn’t want candles on his cake. The U.S. Forest Service created the Smokey Bear character in 1944 to inspire education and... Read More

Turn Your Leftovers Into Cash

America wastes a lot of food. Between 30 and 40 percent of the entire U.S. food supply ($165 billion worth) ends up in a landfill each year. The USDA's Food Waste Challenge initiative was... Read More

Squirrel Kicked Off Grand Canyon's Edge

In a video that went viral this week, a shirtless man in a straw hat can be seen feeding an overly curious squirrel at the Grand Canyon. After luring the squirrel with treats to the edge of the... Read More

Finally, Gluten-Free Means Something

Gluten-free labels abound in grocery stores, but until recently there was no FDA-supported definition of what gluten-free actually means. Starting today, all packaged foods labeled gluten-free... Read More

The Banished Doping King Is Still Working

On July 10, 2012, Lance Armstrong’s Italian cycling coach Dr. Michele Ferrari was issued a lifetime ban for possession, trafficking, and assisting athletes with illegal substances. Now, more... Read More

The Virtual-Reality Climbing Wall

Color-coding your climbing route on the training wall is so last century. That’s why two augmented-reality researchers from Aalto University in Finland developed a laser-projecting... Read More

Danny MacAskill Rides the Playboy Mansion

Street-trials cyclist extraordinaire Danny MacAskill has skills that take him to places far away from his Scottish home. This time, they took him into the Playboy Mansion. The result? A... Read More

Let Eddie Bauer Be Your Adventure Guide

Eddie Bauer doesn't just want to outfit you for the outdoors. Now the apparel and gear company wants to get you outdoors. The Eddie Bauer Adventure Guide, a free iPhone app, will be available in... Read More

Lose Weight, Get Rich

People use all kinds of incentives to lose weight, but citizens of Dubai might just have the best one yet. The city's "Your Child in Gold" program gives participants one gram of gold for every... Read More

Nibali Wins the Tour de France

We have a winner. Vincenzo Nibali might have placed sixth on our list, but the Italian cyclist came in first at the 2014 Tour de France on Sunday. On the podium, the Sicilian held back tears and... Read More

Surfing Isn't Fun Anymore

Surf’s up, but the hang loose attitude is down. The 2014 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, which began on Saturday in the surf hub of Huntington Beach, California, has had plenty of winners... Read More

Sir Bradley Wiggins Relinquishes TdF Dreams

Four-time Olympic cycling champion Bradley Wiggins is calling it quits with his tumultuous relationship with road racing's Grand Tours. The Sir-titled cyclist won the Tour de France in 2012, but... Read More

Selfies Make You Stronger

Living in the age of #fitness junkies, activity trackers, and sports bra selfies was bound to lead to this: a new fitness app called PumpUp. PumpUp allows users to not only post their workouts and... Read More

Teen Adventurer Dies In Plane Crash

Haris Suleman had a goal: to become the youngest person to fly around the world in a single-engine plane in 30 days. Suleman and his father, Babar, were undertaking the trip in an attempt to raise... Read More

2 New Superfoods You Should Be Eating Now

In an age when some foods are considered more "super" than others, ginger and algae are the latest to be granted health-food superpowers. Ginger has been heralded as an anti-inflammatory for more... Read More