Grist List

Here is a video of a fire tornado, and it is exactly as scary as that sounds

One time I made a joke in a Grist List post about some new horrible form of weather, where I was like “ha ha, what’s next, FIRENADOS?” And then people on Twitter were like “um, firenados are reality” and I was like “WHAT I don’t want to live in the world anymore” but yup. Fire tornados are a thing, and here is a video of one, and it will make you poop.

Study: Men recognize cars, women recognize birds

A Vanderbuilt University Study on gender and observational skills reveals strange facts about what men and women recognize.

This New Zealand river is officially a person

A river in New Zealand now has person hood status -- we're all so relieved, since everyone treats people great.

Epic video shows the migration of hundreds of thousands of hermit crabs

OK, yes, the word “epic” is sorely overused to mean “something that is awesome on an awesomeness continuum that runs roughly from cornflakes to supernovas.” But when I say that photographer Steve Simonsen’s video of hundreds of thousands of migrating hermit crabs is epic, I mean “would not be out of place in a Cecil B. DeMille film.”

Chicago plans to eliminate pedestrian deaths

Walking is good. Getting hit by cars is not. Chicago hopes to increase the former by decreasing chances of the latter.

The prettiest road spill you’ll ever see

Paint spilled all over the highway outside of Manaus, Brazil

Food

This awesome lady scientist explains microorganisms to geeky chefs

There's a friendly lady microbiologist at Harvard named Rachel Dutton who is willing to field chefs' inquiries about their fermented creations.

Business & Technology

These wind turbines were modeled after stegosauri

Generally, gigantic engineering companies don’t truck with whimsy. But Siemens, which makes many of the wind turbines popping up on horizons around the world, has created a suite of new products that makes turbines more powerful and is inspired by dinosaurs. It’s like something a 5-year-old thought up, but better.

Dumpster gardens make your block look prettier because trees, and uglier because dumpsters

A Brooklyn man wants to beautify Brooklyn with dumpster gardens that aren't really that beautiful.

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