Grist List

Climate & Energy

The only way to evacuate all of humanity from Earth is to use nuclear propulsion

Yes, it is awesome the Curiosity rover can Instagram Mars pics back to Earth from 50 million miles away. But ultimately, one goal of all …

Giant pythons are taking over the Everglades

Last week, researchers at the University of Florida got a present — a gigantic Burmese python, the largest anyone had ever found in the Everglades. …

Climate & Energy

Our Father, who art making the glacier smaller, please make it bigger now, OK?

The people in Fiesch, Switzerland, live near the massive Aletsch and Fiesher glacier, which, like most glaciers, is melting rapidly. But it’s OK — because …

Food

Paul Ryan used to drive the Wienermobile

Romney's VP pick has driven one of the most intrinsically funny objects on Earth.

This new species of bug was originally discovered on Flickr

It’s not news that you can discover a lot of stuff on Flickr, if you have safe search turned off and you sort photos by …

Tick bites can make you deathly allergic to meat

If there weren’t enough reasons to be totally terrified and grossed out by ticks (they drop on your head from the trees, they suck your …

Food

Gummi bear bratwursts are a crime against nature (but apparently taste sort of OK)

This should be a rule about food: If you wouldn't put two things in your mouth at the same time, they should not be combined into a single food.

Politics

Meet the 82-year-old nun who just committed the worst nuclear security breach in U.S. history

Turns out nuns have more up their habit sleeves than knuckle-rapping rulers and twee songs for Austrian children.

Floating island the size of New Jersey discovered in South Pacific

The New Zealand Navy discovered the 7,500-square-mile slab of buoyant rock, which an Australian officer described as "the weirdest thing I've seen in 18 years at sea."