Grist List

Beautiful portraits from Humans of New York document life after the storm

We've shown you the dark buildings and waterlogged cars. But for portraits of people, nobody can touch Humans of New York's Brandon Stanton.

Say hello to nine new species of tarantula! And now say goodbye.

Researchers have discovered nine new types of tarantula in Brazil. But don't get too attached, because basically all of them are either threatened or endangered.

Polar bears: Nature’s first line of defense against monsters

The San Diego Zoo's polar bear Tatqiq killed Frankenstein's monster so you don't have to.

Need some traffic Zen? Try Honku, short poems to channel your road rage

I live right near 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, a pretty major road, and ever since yesterday morning, when people started trying to drive into Manhattan, the cars on the road have been honking. Honk. Honk. …

Business & Technology

This motorcycle runs on air

The O2 Pursuit has a top speed of 87 mph and can go 62 miles on one standard SCUBA tank full of compressed air. I


When climate change destroys the potato, we’ll all have to eat bananas

As the world gets warmer, we will have fewer potatoes. But we will have lots of bananas and cassava. So don't worry.


Check out the insanely long line for a Brooklyn-Manhattan bus this morning

Among the NYC subways that are not running yet? The ones that run from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sandy could result in kinder, gentler subway rats

If the dominant rats were further down in the tunnels, mostly submissive rats would have survived. Which could make rats nicer overall. Maybe. Probably not.

Mayor Bloomberg’s ASL interpreter was the unsung hero of Sandy

Lydia Callis kept New Yorkers sane, and gave them something awesome to look at during a tense time.