Grist List

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 …

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 …

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? …

This site tells you how to save the world exactly like your favorite celebrities

Imagine if you suddenly got famous and really rich, and you had no idea what other rich and famous people did with their money. Imagine the sleepless nights, as the paparazzi made a racket outside …

Living

One more way your plane flights are killing everybody

Remember when cars used to give off disgusting clouds of lead-laden smoke? Planes still do that. Some of them do, at least — in particular, those nasty little planes that rich people fly because car …

Climate & Energy

Short awesome video explains why oil companies suck to people who already know

This nifty/depressing video explains how yes, technically, there’s more oil, but the financial and environmental costs of reaching it make it so that it really might as well not exist.