Grist List

Climate & Energy

Planes can’t land in Antarctica because the runway is melting

Australia's supply planes mainly use one runway, carved into the ice, for takeoff and landing.

Baby echidna may be cutest, weirdest baby animal ever

Echidnas are spiny mammals that live in Australia and are like the weird cousins of duck-billed platypuses.


The newest gourmet coffee is made out of elephant poop

You can pay $50 for the privilege of drinking coffee made from beans that an elephant shit out. Or you could just buy yourself a pair of pants.

Business & Technology

Liquid metal battery inventor goes on Colbert, still manages to teach us some stuff

Donald Sadoway, MIT materials science professor and inventor of a new liquid metal battery that could revolutionize energy storage, went on Stephen Colbert’s show last night. The segment wasn’t all that funny, per se, but …

Lady Gaga is going to launch a brand of bottled water

Seems like someone who says she cares about the world and who is not a total moron might want to do something else with her time.

This light switch forces kids to save energy through emotional manipulation

This dimmer switch smiles when the lights are off and frowns when they're on.

Dutch towns could heat their bike lanes during the winter

As usual, the Dutch have it all figured out.

Business & Technology

By next year, you could go to work in a building powered by algae

It is literally a green building.

Business & Technology

Levi’s is making jeans out of plastic bottles

Levi's is making a new kind of jeans out of 20 percent recycled material. We hope they are as cool and comfortable as regular Levi's.