Grist List

After not seeing one for 33 years, Japanese government finally declares river otters extinct

When you truly love somebody that’s gone missing, you never admit that she’s gone, even if you’ve seen neither hide nor hair of her for …

Vladimir Putin dressed as a bird to save endangered cranes

There are 20 white cranes left in the world. But for one special day, there were 21. OK, the extra crane wasn’t really a crane. …

Good news: The nuclear apocalypse will kill everything but beer

Imagine there’s a huge nuclear explosion and almost everyone you know is dead. Sure, things are bad. But you can still get a beer. Alex …

Climate & Energy

New documentary lets you watch glaciers disappear

Anyone who is not a raging moron knows that glaciers are melting really fast. We should probably be constantly consumed by worrying about our waterlogged …

Stop what you’re doing and look at this disco dancing polar bear

The newest threat to polar bear health and well-being: Saturday Night Fever. And the boogie-woogie flu. We can probably live with that.

Business & Technology

Old Testament theme park uses donkeys as wifi hotspots, just like in the Bible

If you find yourself at the Israeli biblical theme park Kfar Kedem and you see a flashing light, don’t be alarmed — you are not …

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 …

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.

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