Grist List

All the plants in the Amazon would die without this tiny patch of desert in Africa

Sometimes nature has the coolest trans-continental bromance with itself.

Climate & Energy

Climate change could take away high school football

High school football season is heating up—but not in a good way. Climate change could ruin the sport for good.

Tommy Lee: ‘Please don’t torture whales by playing them Mötley Crüe’

Tommy Lee may specialize in loud music, amateur porn, and wearing eyeliner even though he’s almost 50, but he’s not a monster. He loves his animal brethren, and he would never torment them by forcing …

Climate & Energy

The only way to evacuate all of humanity from Earth is to use nuclear propulsion

Yes, it is awesome the Curiosity rover can Instagram Mars pics back to Earth from 50 million miles away. But ultimately, one goal of all this space exploration is to have another place to go …

Giant pythons are taking over the Everglades

Last week, researchers at the University of Florida got a present — a gigantic Burmese python, the largest anyone had ever found in the Everglades. The good news: It was dead. The bad news: It …

Climate & Energy

Our Father, who art making the glacier smaller, please make it bigger now, OK?

The people in Fiesch, Switzerland, live near the massive Aletsch and Fiesher glacier, which, like most glaciers, is melting rapidly. But it’s OK — because the town’s highly religious residents have come up with a …

Food

Paul Ryan used to drive the Wienermobile

Romney's VP pick has driven one of the most intrinsically funny objects on Earth.

This new species of bug was originally discovered on Flickr

It’s not news that you can discover a lot of stuff on Flickr, if you have safe search turned off and you sort photos by “interestingness.” (Seriously, try it sometime.) But this has to be …

Tick bites can make you deathly allergic to meat

If there weren’t enough reasons to be totally terrified and grossed out by ticks (they drop on your head from the trees, they suck your blood, they burrow into your skin, they transmit a terrible …

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