Grist List

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.

Finally, a product for people who love both beer and testicles

This beer is made with fresh, natural, locally-sourced bull gonads. Testes great, less filling!

Everyone relax — the stolen maple syrup has been found!

Remember that 10,000 pounds of stolen maple syrup? It's been found -- in a maple syrup processing facility. Uh, how did they recognize it?


This French commuter train looks like an 18th-century palace

Leave it to Paris to put together the most luxurious rail car you've ever seen.