Grist List

Cities

Supremely epic bus commercial looks like the trailer for a summer blockbuster

If Michael Bay were any good, and he directed bus commercials, this is what they would look like.

Climate & Energy

U.S. exit signs use as much power as West Virginia

The country's 100 million lighted exit signs use 30 to 35 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity every year

New startup measures your home’s efficiency just by taking a picture

Forty percent of energy in the United States is used to heat buildings and homes. Only some of that goes to actually sparing your whiny ass from getting up and putting on a sweater, though. …

Gaza’s first electric car is made of recycled materials and cost less than $1,000

It’s always heartwarming when someone who lives somewhere completely fucked manages to do something useful to improve their circumstances, and, in turn, to make the place they live slightly less fucked. Gaza resident and taxi …

These tiny plants can live for 300 years with the help of their friends the ants

The herb Borderea chouardii is like the Disney heroine of plants

Living

Your CD collection is greener than Spotify

A new report crunched the numbers on your Spotify habit and concluded that it's terrible for energy consumption.

Food

Chinese McDonald’s selling a very chic, weird, possibly political black/white burger combo

These black and white burgers might have a political message, which seems like a really cumbersome way to communicate.

New species of monkey can see into your very soul

The lesula is a new species of monkey, and he knows your pain. Just let him gaze at you.

See-through frog could revolutionize biology class

Man, how much easier would high school biology have been with the glassfrog? Instead of having to dissect a dead animal, you could have just peered through its naturally transparent belly. It’s quicker, cleaner, and …

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