Grist List

Green Home

Amazing tiny apartment has a bathtub under the dining table

This Barcelona flat might be our favorite tiny apartment yet.

Animals

Mayor Stubbs, cat, celebrates 15 years in office

Talkeetna, Alaska, isn’t going to the dogs. It’s going to the cats — or really, one cat, which has been mayor of the town for 15 years. Mayor Stubbs was voted in by a write-in …

Business & Technology

The Department of Defense wants to put out fires by yelling at them

Much to pundits’ disappointment, you can’t solve most environmental ills just by yelling at them. But, as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has discovered, it does work for one thing: fires. DARPA’s “Instant Fire …

Living

This truck travels the country collecting stories about seeds

Seeds are natural beginnings for stories: From a small start, they grow into a larger world and eventually end. They’re also good subjects of stories: Where did they come from? Who loved them enough to …

Cities

New York’s newest street, 6 ½ Ave., is just for pedestrians

For years, 1,200 people an hour have been seeing this six-block stretch of street in secret. But finally, New York City is bringing these back-alley relationships into the light, and giving them the official municipal …

Climate Change

Knock knock. Who’s there? LANDSPOUT

I’ve learned about so many new kinds of extreme weather in the last year or so — thanks, global warming! First there were haboobs, then derechos, and now this thing, which might have been a …

Biking

Bike mod lets you ride on train tracks, probably get hit by train

If you live in a city with a thriving streetcar system, chances are you live in Europe and your burg is pretty bike-friendly anyway. But you have to admit that sticking to the streetcar tracks …

Green Cars

This tiny electric car folds up for easy parking

The all-electric Fold is normally eight feet long, already smaller than a SmartCar. But it folds up to a mere five feet long for parking, about the size of a shopping cart.

Living

Widowed farmer creates love note to his wife out of thousands of oak trees

If this is not the sweetest damn tribute you ever saw, then screw you.

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