Grist List

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.

Climate & Energy

Not satisfied with destroying crops, the drought is now ruining quaint local traditions

Prepare yourself for the sort of sad, super-local news that makes the fact that the world is ending such a bummer. A flower show in …

Climate & Energy

Crude oil made out of pig poo is totally going to save our bacon

One pig produces about eight pounds of manure a day. (Try not to think how many Reader’s Digests it might go through if it eliminated …

Cities

Out of room on the ground? Go build a house on top of a mall

No matter how much evidence we trot out about how dense living is superior, someone’s always going to demur because they want a big house …