Grist List

Climate & Energy

These high-res photos of Deepwater Horizon will make you go ‘Holy $#*%!’

We've never seen pictures of the disaster that were anywhere near as staggering as these.

Food

Make delicious popsicles out of booze, goat cheese, and jalapenos

We all loved the Good Humor ice cream truck, but let’s be realistic: Good humor is for children, children with a naive understanding of the world and its woes. What we need, as adults, is an Ennui Truck. And it would sell sophisticated, grown-up frozen treats like blackberry/goat cheese popsicles. In the absence of the Ennui Truck, though, NPR tells you how to make those goat cheese pops — and sangria popsicles, and lime-jalapeno popsicles — for yourself and your very worldly friends.

Climate & Energy

San Diego is seeing record numbers of weird black jellyfish

This black jellyfish (which looks a no-more-comforting blood red in this lighting, but black in the open water) can grow to the size of a trash can lid, and its sting packs a serious wallop. Normally these guys are a rare sight around the waters of San Diego; before this decade, they were spotted only about five times in 100 years. Since then, they’ve been seen an additional five times — i.e., still infrequently, but 10 times more often.

Politics

Activist group sends Obama a message by carving it into a cornfield

Hot tip from an ex-resident of D.C. to all you activists out there: If you want to get the president’s attention, standing outside the White House with some signs and bullhorns is not going to do it. Everyone does that. You have to get creative. Like these guys, who cut their message into a field of crops, in hopes that the president would see it from Air Force One as he flies into Grand Junction, Colo., on a visit:

Cities

In Brooklyn, even the factories are artisanal

Manufacturing is back in Brooklyn! But only in a Renaissance Florence sort of way, where skilled artisans produce craft-objects for wealthy patrons with finicky desires. The New York Times reports that there are, against all odds, still factories in Brooklyn, although they’ve morphed from behemoth plants stamping out assembly-line goods to smaller shops: This building, at 1205 Manhattan Avenue, has been sliced and diced into several dozen small factories, each with a niche clientele. One forges exhibits out of wood and metal for the city’s museums. Another makes props and models for advertisers of products like Absolut Vodka to use …

Business & Technology

The federal government wants to pay for your electric bicycle

Electric bikes and electric motorcycles are awesome. They help you go up hills. They help you reach your destination with a minimum of armpit sweat. And they do this while dumping less carbon into atmosphere than their gas-powered equivalents. (Yes, there is such thing as a gas-powered bicycle. Yah. It’s stupid. We know.) The only problem with e-bikes is that they’re expensive as hell. But it’s your lucky day, because the federal government wants to help you buy one. Technically, what the government wants to do is give you a break on your taxes for buying an e-cycle of any …

Climate & Energy

Watch a teenager’s stunning video of the Manila floods

Farbod Kasiri took this video out the window of his 31st-floor apartment, to show his Canadian friend why classes are canceled in the Philippines. Featured: streets like rivers, submerged buses, and cars with only their roofs emerging from the water.

Here’s a tiny gorilla getting a checkup — and here’s what he looks like now

This picture of a baby gorilla named Yakini is from 1999, but it’s been going around again, because the internet’s love is eternal. At least, the internet’s love for a baby gorilla going “hoo DOGGIE that stethoscope is cold!”

100 years ago, people thought that today we’d commute by whalebus

Public Domain Review collected a bunch of turn-of-the-century visions of the year 2000. Whalebuses? Flying cabs? Personal prop planes? Yes, please!

Got 2.7 seconds?

We've devised the world's shortest survey to find out what kind of actions our readers are taking. You know you want to.

×