Grist List

Awesome art installation lets you control the weather

The "Rain Room," on display at the Barbican, is a torrential downpour you can walk through without getting wet.


Sarah Palin is going to tell us how to eat like her

Sarah Palin is writing a diet book. It's about how her family eats lots of crap and manages to stay thin. We want one about how they are trashy and manage to stay famous.

Animals are just as depressed as you are

Why are animals depressed when they can't have any idea that their lives suck? No one knows. They just are.

Yet another reason birds are weird: They like to bathe in ants

For you, that might be a flashback to an acid trip. For birds, it’s … well, it almost definitely feels good.

Is your jack-o’-lantern too interesting? Try these stencils from the Department of Energy

The Department of Energy has templates for a bumper crop of fun, hilarious jack-o'-lanterns: solar panels, wind turbines, and CFL bulbs.


London wants its own High Line, but underground and with more fungus

The winner of London's search for a High Line analogue is a tunnel full of mushrooms.

Make your clothes more delicious with buttons made of recycled food

British designer Hoyan Ip wants you to trim your clothes with food-based embellishments that look like a Fruit Roll-Up someone already ate.

Business & Technology

Amazon starts up site for green products, does not claim it will solve the world’s problems

When we're going to buy stuff, we want it to be as planet- and human-friendly as possible. But we don't want to be told to pat ourselves on the back just because we bought something …

Meet New York Aquarium’s adorable new rescued baby walrus

Baby walrus Mitik is moving to New York, where he'll fit right in, because he has a mustache and likes to head-butt things.