Grist List

Carpooling bird hitches a ride on a moving vehicle

I always assumed that the reason normal, non-rich-people cars don’t have hood ornaments is that a) tiny car sculptures are not for plebeians and b) Bart Simpson might steal them. But it turns out there’s …

Business & Technology

This robot has the most swagger of any robot you’ve seen

Yeah, I think I’m comfortable with this country’s research funding going towards developing android swaggerbots. As far as I’m concerned, this could be DARPA’s greatest achievement since the internet.

Cities

Glow-in-the-dark solar bikes = rad

If anyone hits you while you are riding this bike, provided you are still alive, you would be totally within your rights to scream at them, "Are you blind?"

Business & Technology

Starbucks is turning leftover scones and coffee grounds into useful stuff like plastic

The company is hoping they can come up with something a little more creative and sustainable than the current plan of incineration, composting, or disposal.

Here is an otter that is smarter than Todd Akin

Like Rep. Todd Akin, Nellie the sea otter does not understand how human reproduction works. But she’s never said anything offensive about rape, plus she can stack three cups! She should probably run for Congress.

What did you do this weekend? Curiosity took pictures of itself and blew up a rock

It’s been a big weekend for the Curiosity rover. First, it took a new Facebook profile pic (with flattering shot-from-above camera angle, but thankfully free of duck lips). Actually, Curiosity shot this selfie on Aug. …

Climate & Energy

These dizzy cats would like you to turn up your thermostat to save energy

Kudos to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas — they really understand what the internet says about human psychology. Instead of even trying to use science, economics, or statistics to convince people to stop cooling …

Excuse me but this butterfly can see with its butt

Animals get all the cool accoutrements — tails, wings, prehensile penises — and humans all know which one they’re most jealous of. If you want proof, ask any elementary schooler, most stoned college kids, and …

Newly discovered owl frowns on your shenanigans

This owl, Ninox Spilocephala, is one of 10 new species of owl just discovered in the Philippines. (Researchers found them using recording equipment that can distinguish subtle distinctions between different species’ hoots.)  More importantly, though, he …

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