Grist List

‘Talking tree’ constantly posts about its lunch on Facebook

This tree is wired with sensors so it can tweet about rain, noise levels, and air quality. Yeah, it's boring, but how many trees can tweet?

Why are French bees making blue and green honey?

French bees don't have much better taste than American bees, it turns out.

A beautiful, fragrant garden made from the poop of tennis players

The Riverside Clay Tennis Organization is in the process of creating some super eco toilets that magically turn poop into flowers. Well, that's a little bit of an exaggeration. But they kind of do.

This bacterium eats toxic liquid and poops out gold

Cupriavidus metallidurans can eat toxic gold chloride and excrete pure gold. This is not so useful as science. But it makes good art!

Bet you never knew ice could make this sound

The Russian percussion group Ethnobeat has turned Lake Baikal, the world's oldest lake, into a 12,000-square-mile drum kit.


Chicago pot farm takes urban agriculture to its logical conclusion

It's local, it's thriving, and -- oh, yeah -- it can get you high.

Business & Technology

Scientists create digital watch powered by cyborg lobsters

We are not making this up: that is what scientists at Clarkson University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine call them.

Manhunt for woman who rode a manatee finally comes to an end

A woman in Florida tried to ride a manatee and people were pissed. Lots of them took photos of her so she had no choice but to turn herself in.

Now we can get drunk on artisanal bourbon at the farmers market

New Yorkers can now sell fancy booze in the places where they sell fancy vegetables and coffee.