Grist List


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 of Life provides cutting-edge accuracy about the whereabouts of some 25,000 …

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 record low. Ice coverage is predicted to drop to unprecedented levels …

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 predators will pass them by. More importantly, though, they look …

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. Rather than run more trains, authorities are dealing with the …


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 most convincing green platform.


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 Butte County, S.D., sucked this year because there wasn’t enough …