Grist List

Chicago plans to eliminate pedestrian deaths

Walking is good. Getting hit by cars is not. Chicago hopes to increase the former by decreasing chances of the latter.

The prettiest road spill you’ll ever see

Paint spilled all over the highway outside of Manaus, Brazil


This awesome lady scientist explains microorganisms to geeky chefs

There's a friendly lady microbiologist at Harvard named Rachel Dutton who is willing to field chefs' inquiries about their fermented creations.

Business & Technology

These wind turbines were modeled after stegosauri

Generally, gigantic engineering companies don’t truck with whimsy. But Siemens, which makes many of the wind turbines popping up on horizons around the world, has created a suite of new products that makes turbines more …

Dumpster gardens make your block look prettier because trees, and uglier because dumpsters

A Brooklyn man wants to beautify Brooklyn with dumpster gardens that aren't really that beautiful.

Climate & Energy

New eBay for recyclable oils makes it way easier to power your biodiesel car

It's cheap and easy to use but hard to get, but possibly getting easier, with the first ever online marketplace for recycled oils.


Ingredient-delivery services let you make ‘home-cooked’ food without picking up a knife

For those who crave a home-cooked meal but find the process of making food entirely from scratch … unnecessary, new services are springing up to combine the benefits of delivery and home-cooking, all in one …

Why yes, this IS a music video about climate change featuring Bill Nye and Isaac Asimov

The song features Bill Nye dropping some science, with guest vocalists Isaac Asimov, scientist Richard Alley, and David Attenborough.

Male killer whales need their mommies to survive

Girl humans tend to go all gooey when a guy loves his mama — like tipping well, it’s an indicator of good boyfriend material. Girl orcas, though, might just sneer and say “oh, of course …