Grist List

Play along with Olympic cycling

The New York Times Magazine’s Christoph Niemann, who you might remember from the time he live-illustrated the New York marathon while running it, is now …

Here is an awesome photo of Curiosity parachuting down to Mars

This tiny jellyfish/hot air balloon-looking thing is actually the Curiosity rover on its way down to the surface of Mars, photographed by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance …

Living

If this photo doesn’t make you want to live in a tiny house, nothing will

We love us a good tiny house, but you know what is better than your run-of-the-mill tiny house? A tiny house on a tiny rock. …

Cities

Awesome idea: Require a cycling test to get a driver’s license

As a cyclist, sharing the road with cars is scary, for obvious reasons: They’re gigantic metal objects moving fast enough to kill you. But as …

These bands are ditching tour buses for tour bikes and tour trains

Tour buses are basically synonymous with sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, and also that scene in Almost Famous that guaranteed you’ve still got “Tiny …

Meet the internet’s newest sexy science star, Mohawk Guy

Sure, ostensibly you stayed up to watch Curiosity land. But you just couldn’t keep your eyes off the handsome specimen with the star-spangled ‘hawk. Seven …

You will not be able to stop looking at this penis snake

Seriously, Nature, what are you ON?

Climate & Energy

It’s so hot in Oklahoma that this squirrel melted

The squirrel decided it would be a mistake to drink ice water without first lying around on top of it for a while. Basically, this is a reverse sauna for squirrels.

Living

2-year-old girl’s bionic arms are the world’s best use of 3D printing

Emma has a congenital disorder that means she doesn't have the muscle strength to lift her arms by herself. But hey, no big deal -- this 3D-printed robot exoskeleton can do it for her.