Grist List

Humanity’s effort to take to the skies thwarted by jealous bees

Oh, bees. We've taken you into our homes (unwillingly) and our urban farms (on purpose), and this is how you repay us -- by trying to destroy the miracle of air travel?

Play along with Olympic cycling

The New York Times Magazine’s Christoph Niemann, who you might remember from the time he live-illustrated the New York marathon while running it, is now in London sketching the Olympics. This time, he’s playing around with his usual format; instead of just filing drawings of the event, he’s sending back his impressions in the form of little playable Flash games. Which means that you can get caught up in the action of Olympic cycling from the comfort of your laptop. (He also did games for badminton, javelin, fencing, getting lost, diving, taking the Tube, drawing Usain Bolt, field hockey, and …

Here is an awesome photo of Curiosity parachuting down to Mars

This tiny jellyfish/hot air balloon-looking thing is actually the Curiosity rover on its way down to the surface of Mars, photographed by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Get used to this view, because once we’re forced to move off Earth, it’s going to be what you see every day on your morning commute. When you fly from your house on Mars … to where you work … on Mars … OK fine, you won’t see it on your commute, I just wanted an excuse to post this picture because it is rad.

Living

If this photo doesn’t make you want to live in a tiny house, nothing will

We love us a good tiny house, but you know what is better than your run-of-the-mill tiny house? A tiny house on a tiny rock. A tiny house on a tiny rock in the middle of a river. With a kayak your only connection to land.

Cities

Awesome idea: Require a cycling test to get a driver’s license

As a cyclist, sharing the road with cars is scary, for obvious reasons: They’re gigantic metal objects moving fast enough to kill you. But as a driver, sharing the roads with cyclists is also kinda scary. Most drivers are good people who don’t want to kill anyone while they’re out doing errands, but they don’t really understand the logic of how cyclists behave. At the Guardian, Tom Richards has a simple suggestion to ameliorate this problem and to make the roads safer: Make sure that people driving cars on the road have had experience biking on the road, too.

These bands are ditching tour buses for tour bikes and tour trains

Tour buses are basically synonymous with sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, and also that scene in Almost Famous that guaranteed you’ve still got “Tiny Dancer” in your head. But now some bands are ditching buses altogether. It doesn’t matter if you’re just a guy with a guitar who wants to get up on that stage and sing your heart out or if you’re a 10-piece band with the show to match — you can pull off a whole tour minus the gas-guzzling groupie machine. Ben Sollee and his band, for example, are on a Ditch the Van tour this …

Meet the internet’s newest sexy science star, Mohawk Guy

Sure, ostensibly you stayed up to watch Curiosity land. But you just couldn’t keep your eyes off the handsome specimen with the star-spangled ‘hawk. Seven minutes of terror? Try seven minutes of HELLO, NURSE. As always, the internet means knowing you’re not alone in whatever you’re into, even if what you’re into is Inspector Gadget/Pokemon slash fic or something. And you were definitely not alone in swooning over Mohawk Guy, who is in fact awesomely named Bobak Ferdowsi (Bobak and Ferdowsi: coincidentally also the two stars of my Pokemon slash). In fact, by the time the East Coast woke up, …

You will not be able to stop looking at this penis snake

Seriously, Nature, what are you ON?

Climate & Energy

It’s so hot in Oklahoma that this squirrel melted

The squirrel decided it would be a mistake to drink ice water without first lying around on top of it for a while. Basically, this is a reverse sauna for squirrels.

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