Grist List

Living

This thriller set in wastewater treatment plant sounds awesome

What's scary about watery old poo? Turns out, EVERYTHING.

Living

This online dashboard shows you a city’s water and electric usage in real time

Normally, all this happens in secret. But, in a bid to help educate citizens about the resources they use, the city of Oberlin, Ohio, is showing and telling.

Living

This San Francisco dump pays artists to play with its trash

The company picks artists who use recycled materials in their art, gives them a monthly stipend, a studio space -- naturally, it's a shipping container -- and "scavenging privileges".

Food

French are pissed we banned their “filthy, putrid” cheese

Someone please let this adorable cheese out of jail!

Living

This boat circled the globe on sun power alone

Sure, this boat only averaged about 6 mph. But it's totally solar-powered!

Living

Spooky sculptures put illegally felled trees back together again

These sculptures are deliberately uncanny, because they're sort of like undead neck-bolted Frankenstein's Monster trees.

This is an unusually good bit of penguin slapstick

We're just going to watch this 3,000 times in a row.

Living

This guy is saving forests using cloning

Cloning: a great idea for Ryan Gosling, but old-growth trees? Conservationist David Milarch thinks so.

Living

Living in a city turns people into geniuses

But there's a catch. You need public transportation for all this to work. Good public transportation.