Grist List

Climate & Energy

This is the most science-fictiony solar generator we’ve ever seen

If we’re really going to get a significant part of our energy from solar power, we’re going to need to have a LOT of solar …

Pencil that sprouts into a plant will solve zero problems but is cool

The 12 people who still write with pencils will be excited about this Kickstarter, funding production of a pencil that sprouts into flowers or herbs …

Got a broken coral reef? Send in the tiny robots

Coral reefs are fragile. Their biggest enemies: storms and bottom-fishing. Their new best friend? Tiny robots. Yes, robots are now good for more than speaking …

Now your dank, squalid Man Cave can smell like a national park

This product may be a perfect metaphor for the modern condition: It’s an air freshener that will fill your TV room with chemical compounds that …

This newly discovered fish has its genitals on its head

In the category of “hats you probably shouldn’t wear to the Royal Wedding,” Phallostethus cuulong — a new species of fish discovered in Vietnam — has its …

China’s brand-new baby panda is the result of actual panda sex

Fans of (slightly weird) adorableness are having a good week, as a panda named Yuan Yuan at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in …

Food

They’re genetically modifying goats to create human breast milk substitute

You know that human breast milk is very important for babies’ development. (If you don’t know this, go ostentatiously bottle-feed a baby doll near a …

What is this talking otter trying to tell us?

I never realized this before, but it turns out otters can talk, and furthermore they sound just like Ike from South Park. This one also …

Cities

Number of bees in Queens man’s yard exceeds population of Queens

New York legalized beekeeping in 2010, but that does not mean that it was cool with city officials when they discovered that a guy in …