Grist List

Good news: The nuclear apocalypse will kill everything but beer

Imagine there’s a huge nuclear explosion and almost everyone you know is dead. Sure, things are bad. But you can still get a beer. Alex Wellerstein at the Nuclear Secrecy blog has looked into some of the weird shit that the United State’s Nuclear Defense Agency did during the Cold War to better understand the finer points of nuclear attacks. And one of those things was to drop bombs on bottles of beer. Naturally some of them were smashed into oblivion, but those that survived were totally safe to drink.

Climate & Energy

New documentary lets you watch glaciers disappear

Anyone who is not a raging moron knows that glaciers are melting really fast. We should probably be constantly consumed by worrying about our waterlogged future, yet we somehow manage to sit around having conversations about, like, cheese.  The reason is pretty simple: We can’t see glaciers. They are Far. Which is why National Geographic photographer James Balog has been kind enough to bring them closer in his gazillions-of-awards-winning documentary Chasing Ice.

Stop what you’re doing and look at this disco dancing polar bear

The newest threat to polar bear health and well-being: Saturday Night Fever. And the boogie-woogie flu. We can probably live with that.

Business & Technology

Old Testament theme park uses donkeys as wifi hotspots, just like in the Bible

If you find yourself at the Israeli biblical theme park Kfar Kedem and you see a flashing light, don’t be alarmed — you are not having a hallucination brought on by Talmudic scholarship and hummus. You are seeing a wireless router affixed to a donkey. 

Cities

Here is what London’s elevated bike network could look like

An architect wants to expand the city's bike infrastructure not on the streets but in the air -- like a cross between the High Line and the credits of Futurama.

Food

Purse full of wine is so classy it hurts

If you are the type of Classy Lady who drinks wine, you don’t want to have to wait until you take the wine out of the special wine gift bag to let people know how classy you are. You want something that lets you announce that shit from the get-go! Like a wine purse. The above pink thing, the thing that you’re like, oh, is that what Samantha from Sex and The City carries her vagina in — it’s really a purse full of wine. Yeah. It is.

Climate & Energy

Hurricane Isaac left the Gulf Coast ankle-deep in dead swamp rats

Nutria, a rodent brought to the U.S. over a century ago, are still all over the Gulf Coast today -- but there are now 5,000 fewer of them after Hurricane Isaac.

Cities

A farm in Brooklyn is growing cyborg tomatoes

These veggies can't be programmed to go back in time and kill rebel leaders before they are born (yet). But they can tell their human overlords just how fast and well they're growing.

Cities

Space shuttle’s final journey will kill 400 trees

Space shuttle Endeavour has never been the greenest of projects — I mean, consider how much gas it takes to circle the planet 4,600 times. Sure, blah blah the majesty of the final frontier, but that thing’s tailpipe makes a Chinese factory look like a wind turbine. Now, even in retirement, Endeavour is managing to come up with new things to hate on, because its final journey will kill 400 trees.

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