Grist List

Business & Technology

Got $300? Buy a ride on a six-legged robot named Stompy

Stop fronting: You know perfectly well you want to ditch your car AND your bike and ride around town in a 10-foot, two-ton, six-legged robot. And if you donate to Project Hexapod, the creators of …

Even fish are getting skin cancer now

For the pale-skinned among us, the ocean is one of the most dangerous places to be. There’s no place to hide from the sun, and the water is so frickin’ reflective that even if that …

Climate & Energy

Antarctica used to be covered in palm trees, says study

A new study examining 50-million-year-old ice from Antarctica indicates that the continent used to be covered in warm-weather flora like palm trees. And hey, maybe it could be again if carbon dioxide levels get too …

How did somebody steal half a million bees?

A beekeeper near Vancouver has reported the loss of 8,000 pounds of honey and 500,000 bees from one of his apiaries. Why would someone steal half a million bees? And how? Urban beekeeping is pretty …

Here is a week-old hedgehog having a dream

Oh, nothing much, just a 7-day-old hedgehog doing little kicks and squeaks in his sleep like he was a puppy dog.

Food

The best rant about healthy eating that you will ever read

Until recently, we had not come across Erica Strauss or her work. But we wish we had. We wish we knew her. In fact, we wish she would have dinner with us.

Watch a guy go full Double Rainbow over a vintage train

Well, I learned something new today: Extremely avid railroad fans are called “foamers,” because they foam at the mouth when they see exciting trains. And this guy definitely needs a drool rag, and possibly a …

Business & Technology

Disney’s building France an eco-retreat and we’re jealous

America and Europe may both be full of privileged white people, but nobody would mistake them for being culturally interchangeable. Case in point: In America, Disney makes amusement parks that are better than real life …

Cities

These trees on wheels double as wifi hotspots

It doesn’t seem fair that car-owning people can use parking spots (or rent them at extremely low rates) to store their cars, but the car-free don’t get to use them to store our stuff. We …

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