Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Signs of movement

Heather Smith (on Twitter, @strangerworks) is interested in the various ways that humans try to save the environment: past, present, and future.

Politics

Potholes on the road to highway funding might put us on a better course

Congress is deadlocked on extending the Highway Trust Fund. Maybe it's time to rethink the whole idea.

Business & Technology

This chip will stop you from crying over spoiled milk

Researchers have embedded a wireless sensor in a milk cap that warns you when bacteria are running amok in the carton.

Living

Toyota’s futuristic iRoad looks like a jellybean, and drives like one, too

Toyota's iRoad may not be where the car industry is going, but it's one heck of a souped-up, whacked-out golf cart.

Water flowing underground

This amazing map is a guide to San Francisco’s hidden waterways

A new map shows where you can catch glimpses of San Francisco's original watershed system underneath the urban skin.

Cities

Trucks kill bicyclists all the time. This tool could change that

Trucks are singularly lethal vehicles when it comes to accidents with pedestrians and cyclists. But there's a way to make them less deadly.

Politics

It’s a historic day for gay marriage! Let’s argue about it

A rainbow of perspectives from the Grist staff on the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

Shadow of a drought

Check out this amazing new tool for judging California’s water use

As the state's drought grinds into a bone-dry summer, California is adjusting its rules. Now people have to make the new rules work.

Climate & Energy

This chart will silence your friends who make excuses for climate change

You know all those other explanations for climate change? A brilliant infographic shows how lame they actually are.

Politics

Planet-unfriendly Pacific trade pact leaps a big hurdle

President Obama is getting close to securing the authority to enact his Trans-Pacific trade deal. Right now that looks like a loss for the environment.