Grist List

Northern Virginia seems to have a rabid beaver problem

If you don't want to get bitten by a rabid beaver, best to avoid Northern Virginia, where there have been a spate of attacks.

Climate & Energy

Four decades of BS coal ads has amassed quite a collection of misleading coal ads, misrepresenting coal’s safety, its abundance, its environmental impact, and how likely it is to save us from totalitarianism. Here we present samples of ads by …

Exposed: Manufacturing conglomerate’s plan for moving humans off of Earth

Sean Ragan of MAKE magazine just posted this amazing graphic, which he tracked down after being mildly obsessed with it for more than a decade. It’s an “Integrated Space Plan” drawn up by Rockwell International, …

You should probably spend all day watching this brand-new baby panda

Suspend all activities you had planned: THERE IS A NEW PANDA CUB AT THE NATIONAL ZOO.

I promise you will enjoy watching this man get attacked by a bear

In fact, it may make YOU want to get attacked by a bear.

Guam is entirely infested with spiders, and it’s all the fault of invasive snakes

The island of Guam has up to 40 times the normal number of spiders — on average, about one spiderweb every two feet during the rainy season. And if that’s not enough, it’s also infested …

Scientists are using new technology to identify zombie bees

Some of the scientists investigating the mysterious honeybee die-offs suspect zombie bees, bees that are being mind-controlled by parasitic scuttle fly maggots. Unlike human zombies, bee zombies (or, inevitably, “zombees”) do not have telltale tattered …

Climate & Energy

Apple’s massive solar farm looks kind of awesome from the air

Apple is building a giant solar farm to power a data center in North Carolina, and GigaOM has aerial shots that show just how huge it is. The pictures were taken by North Carolina television …


America’s 20th largest bus system is a semi-legal network of vans in NYC

In New York City's outer boroughs, there's an official bus system and a shadow bus system.