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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.

Food

Here’s the White House beer recipe

The White House has, as promised, released the recipe for its home-brewed honey ale -- and according to a professional brewer, it shouldn't be too hard to make at home.

Mean Tasmanian devils get cancer; nice ones don’t

In the epic songs that Tasmanian devils sing in the future (assuming that Tasmanian devils can sing, and that there are any left to sing epic songs), this period will likely be known as one of suffering and retribution by some angry god for the unrighteous behavior that has spread among the devil population. Because these guys have some serious Sodom and Gomorrah shit going down. The devils have been afflicted by a terrible plague — an infectious cancer, only one of two in the world, that guarantees that its victims will die a horrible death. The cancer causes tumors …

Food

10 million pounds of maple syrup has mysteriously gone missing in Canada

It's not clear what thieves would want with that much maple syrup, unless they are Paul Bunyan, but whoever took the syrup -- worth more than $30 million -- must have put a lot of care and energy into the heist.

This dog saves whales by sniffing their poo

Back in elementary school, it kind of always felt like grown-ups were outsourcing the job of protecting the world’s cetaceans to us kids. You’ve got money AND cars; why don’t YOU save the whales, guys? But now this vital mission has been taken away from the elementary school children of America and handed to even cuter mammals: dogs. Or, really, just one very dedicated dog, as The New York Times reports. A rescued pup named Tucker helps scientists monitor whale populations by sniffing out their droppings. A dog named Tucker with a thumping tail and a mysterious past as a …

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