Grist List

Living

Wool balls keep your laundry soft, and maaaaybe save energy

When I was taught to do laundry, I was told that a Bounce dryer sheet went into the dryer with every load of wet clothes. But the green-minded among us have come up with a …

Cities

New perfume lets you smell like New York City, because THAT sounds great

I don’t know about you folks, but when I think of the “essence and spirit” of New York City “in an olfactory memento” … well, if it’s summer, I mostly think of quickly rotting trash. …

Animals

Lonesome George, the last Pinta tortoise, dies at age 100

George was the world’s rarest tortoise and a symbol of the Galapagos.

Animals

These weed-eating goats make more money than you

Staten Island’s Freshkills Park, a former landfill that’s being transformed into a public parkland and “laboratory for green practices,” is engaging in job creation — for goats. Twenty Anglo-Nubian goats are nibbling away at invasive …

Animals

This video might ruin cute animal videos for you forever

Hey, remember that video with the slow loris being tickled? The one that used to make me laugh until I peed? Yeah, well, get ready to never want to watch it again, after you watch …

Insane bird’s-eye view of the Colorado wildfires

A National Guard member who was called in to tackle the wildfires currently raging in Colorado shot this amazing aerial view, and a member of the unit posted it on Reddit, where he and some other …

Food

Heritage wheat could let gluten-sensitive people eat bread again

One of my greatest fears in life is that I’ll find out I’m gluten-intolerant, because there is almost nothing I love to eat more than really good bread. (I know that there is bread made …

Climate & Energy

This 11-year-old environmental activist is oil companies’ worst nightmare

If we were Big Oil, we'd definitely be scared of this kid.

Cities

Mind-bending chart shows population growth in 590 cities

This chart, showing population growth in almost 600 cities worldwide, is basically too complicated to understand with the naked eye. You’ll want to click through to the original, which allows you to highlight cities from …

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