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Scary Food

Why GMOs aren’t romantic

Today’s Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is a VERY REALISTIC AND SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE cautionary tale about genetically modified organisms.

Business & Technology

Swarms of robots could replace tractors on farms

Most farm machinery right now consists of huge machines. But in the future, farm machinery could be “a swarm of planting, tending, and harvesting robots running game theory and swarm behavior algorithms to help optimize every inch of arable space in a given field,” Popular Science reports. That’s one Iowan’s vision, anyway, and he’s created a prototype of a farmbot. It’s named Prospero.

School Lunches

9-year-old’s lunch blog gets banned by politicians, then unbanned by internet outrage

Local politicians tried to ban Martha Payne's blog documenting her pathetic school lunches. The 9-year-old and her legions of internet fans, including Jamie Oliver, fought back and won.

Animals

Twin baby polar bears celebrate their 100-day birthday

These polar bear cubs, born and raised at Tianjin Haichang Polar Ocean Park in China, were so tiny and frail at birth that they weren’t expected to survive. Keepers whisked them into an incubator, and have been caring for them around the clock since then. But at 100 days old, the babies are now healthy and playful and super, SUPER cute.

Food

Takeout restaurant delivers dirty dishes so you can pretend you cooked

If you provided food for your dinner party by slaving over a hot phone all day, nobody need ever know — as long as you’re in the U.K., and within delivery range of Housebites. The company charges the equivalent of about 8 bucks to deliver dirty dishes and cooking utensils along with your food, so that you can stage realistic-looking kitchen carnage and convince your guests you’re a devoted chef.

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.

Animals

Giraffe invades country club pool

Get out of there, giraffe! You are not Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps! You are a giraffe!

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