Grist List

Food

Here’s why the prettiest tomatoes taste the worst

It turns out it's genetic -- the gene that makes tomatoes ripen uniformly also ruins their taste.

Watch an engine take itself apart, clean itself, and put itself back together

When your stuff breaks, the world is usually better off if you can fix or refurbish it rather than throwing it out and buying a new one. But that’s hard and not everyone knows how …

Media

The news pays almost 50 times more attention to Kardashians than to ocean acidification

It’s probably not a huge surprise that ocean acidification, a carbon-induced chemical change that poses a huge threat to sea life, gets way less media coverage than the Kardashians, a family of prancing ninnies that …

Living

These amazing lamps are made of salt

If Daniel McDonald’s Shio lamps didn’t cost $475 and up, they could do double duty seasoning your food or attracting deer. At this price point, you probably want to preserve them, unless you’re Tony Stark …

Renewable Energy

Spray-on solar windows use teeny tiny solar cells to capture energy

If the Internet has taught us anything, it is that everything is better when it is smaller. Kittens are better than cats. Cake pops are better than cakes. LEGO models of anything are pretty great, …

Biking

These adorable kids are earning bikes by helping their community

The Rails to Trails Conservancy’s Earn-a-Bike program lets these Baltimore youths spend four weeks learning about bike maintenance, healthy eating, and caring for the Earth and their community — and at the end of it, …

Biking

These light-up armbands make awesome turn signals for cyclists

As a responsible cyclist who does not want to die, I wear a helmet. The other night, I donned one of those reflective orange vests. (Do not laugh, please.) And I try, really I do, …

Animals

Crazy living rock is one of the weirdest creatures we’ve ever seen

The fact that this sea creature looks exactly like a rock with guts is not even the weirdest thing about it.

Population

A male birth control dudes might actually use

You know what doesn’t do a lot to help reduce unwanted births? Putting women in sole charge of contraception, then making it nigh-impossible for them to exercise any reproductive freedom. We could improve sex ed, …

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