Grist List

Squid can make music videos WITH THEIR SKIN

Oh, you thought you were insane in the membrane, Cypress Hill? That’s because you didn’t see the insane membrane of this longfin squid, which is …

Food

Here’s your chance to drink beer with Obama! Sort of.

The White House promises to release its beer recipe if an online petition gets 25,000 signatures.

New map keeps track of 25,000 species

Scientists and garden-variety animal lovers who want specifics about where to find particular species have reason to rejoice: A new online database called The Map …

This rescued baby manatee is so cute we can’t stand it

There's nothing cuter than a baby manatee with a sad story that has a happy ending.

Climate & Energy

Here’s what record low sea-ice levels look like

I hope Santa has a swimsuit, because this webcam picture from the North Pole shows pools of meltwater opening up as sea ice reaches a …

Glow-in-the-dark cockroaches look like Jawas

These South American fluorescent cockroaches use their glowing spots — really pits of bioluminescent bacteria — to mimic the markings of a toxic beetle, so …

Indonesia’s solutions to ‘train-surfing’ include concrete balls and electrocution

Trains in Indonesia are so crowded that frustrated commuters often climb on top, where it’s also crowded but at least you get some fresh air. …

Politics

Vote for Mulvar, the true green candidate (also comes in 200 colors)

Mulvar may not be the highest-profile candidate, but he has the best media strategy we’ve seen (now involving bird chirp site!), and quite possibly the …

Cities

Super-freaky train station design looks like a spider laying eggs

The proposed structure for a Vienna train station looks like a mutant pregnant insect depositing its egg sacs.

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