Grist List

Animals

Biologists coax amazingly cute tiny rabbits back from the brink of disappearance

In Urban Dictionary, the fourth definition of “cute” is “pygmy rabbit.” Or actually, it’s probably some gross made-up sex act, but it SHOULD be “pygmy rabbit.” Just look at this thing! It fits into the palm of a human hand! But it has also been disappearing from its habitat in Washington State. Coyotes, badgers, weasels, and big bad birds chow down on these little suckers, because they are small, vulnerable, and (we’re assuming) delicious. Despite the best attempts of scientists to prompt the rabbits to breed in captivity, the bunnies were just not doing their bunny thing. So instead, the …

Living

Dress shirt uses spacesuit technology to keep you dry on your bike commute

You know how you don’t bike to work because you get hot and sweaty and gross? A group of MIT graduates has stolen that excuse. They copied technology from spacesuits and used it to make what BikeBlogNYC has rightly dubbed “the TANG of dress shirts” — a sharp-looking top that regulates your body heat. No sweaty pit spots! No overheating before your meeting! Now helmet up. The shirt’s called the Apollo shirt, because it’s space technology and presumably also makes you look like a Greek god. The creators, whose company is called the Ministry of Supply, say that it pulls …

Climate Change

What San Francisco would look like after a 200-foot sea-level rise

This poster, by Brian Stokle and Burrito Justice, shows what a 200-foot sea level rise would do to San Francisco. Better get to high ground, guys.