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Shelly the Tortoise Is Here to Stop Kids From Beating Up Robots

“When a child started to beat our robot, the others were motivated to follow that child’s action, enjoying hitting the shell together.”
Becky Ferreira
Mo Oil Mo Problems

Three Communities Are Suing Fossil Fuel Companies Over Rising Sea Levels

The decades-long attempt to obscure data about climate change doesn’t work in the companies’ favor.
Daniel Oberhaus
Greenhouse Gases

Canada Is Dragging Its Feet on Capping Dangerous Methane Leaks

The government finally has a plan to regulate methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. It doesn’t come into effect until 2020.
Lisa Cumming

Welcome to the Warped World of Valee'

The Chicago rapper gives trap a retrofuturist twist on his new mixtape '1988' and tells his story for the first time.
Josh Terry
Fossil Fuels

Shell Is Abandoning Canada’s Oilsands

Shell says it’s focused on becoming a “company of the future,” and that future apparently doesn’t include the Alberta oilsands.
Bryson Masse
Motherboard Guide to Cinema

Watch This Woke Documentary Shell Made About Climate Change in 1991

And consider how it did the exact opposite of what it preached.
Daniel Oberhaus

Crab and Shrimp Shells Could Be Used to Make Battery Parts of the Future

Scientists building new materials are looking to nature for inspiration.
Kate Lunau

How the Biggest, Most Expensive Oil Spill in History Changed Nothing at All

Why the Deepwater Horizon spill failed to inspire reform.
Brian Merchant
climate change

The Viral-Ready Occupation of Shell's Arctic Oil Rig

Greenpeace's latest viral stunt is like a real-life action flick. We chat with one of the activists who scaled the rig.
Brian Merchant
Hot Links

Holy Cannoli

Welcome back to Hot Links, our food column dedicated to showcasing the overlooked culinary wonders of YouTube. Here are six mind-bending cannoli videos that will forever alter your perspective of the dessert for the rest of your lifetime.
Dan Meyer
Motherboard Blog

But Can It Weather Storms? And Other Questions About the World's New Largest Vessel

Shell's new floating natural gas field is called the "Prelude"—but to what? We don't know.
Ben Richmond