Grist List


Better than a reusable coffee cup: An edible coffee cup made out of a cookie

It’s all the rage lately to deliver food in edible packaging, because if you eat the container, there’s no waste to dispose of — no paper coffee cup, no plastic wrapper that ends up in …

Business & Technology

Robots could make solar power super cheap

It’s a simple enough robot: an ATV equipped with a robotic arm and few cameras. But it’s already stealing green jobs from humans. Its suction cups grab onto the glass face of huge, power-plant-grade solar …


This mobile restaurant brings the table to the farm

This mobile-home-as-restaurant might have won the war for most local food ever. Instead of bringing the farm to the table, the Buijtenkitchen is bringing the table to the farm. It’s basically just a hut with …


J.K. Rowling’s sustainable-wood treehouse is a mini-Hogwarts

Every thing that J.K. Rowling thinks of is magic. Well, maybe not her novels for adults. But definitely this two-story treehouse that looks like a mini-Hogwarts.

Climate Change

William Gibson explains why global warming will make your grandkids hate you

Science fiction author William Gibson, who knows from the future (he’s the guy who invented the word “cyberspace,” in 1982 mind you), explained yesterday on Twitter that he’s concerned our descendants will hate us.

Fossil Fuels

Keystone XL is basically your douchey ex-boyfriend

What would Keystone XL look like as a human being? Probably how he's portrayed in this video.

Climate & Energy

Stephen Colbert is worried about how climate change will affect his cheese

Stephen Colbert has learned a few things about the current drought.


This walrus can whistle, growl, and gurgle on command

E.T., a 30-year-old walrus at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo, is clearly in training to replace Wilford Brimley. He has the looks down, and he’s working on his acting; he can already do eight different types …


Ex-McDonald’s exec opens a healthy fast food restaurant

Mike Roberts, former president and CEO of McDonald's, co-founded Lyfe Kitchen, a restaurant that aims to do healthy food on a fast-food scale.