Grist List

Animals

Puppy rescued after escaping hawk and falling from sky

"When God drops a puppy from the sky, you keep it."

Solar eclipse this weekend!

The Western U.S. is getting an annular eclipse this weekend, which is an eclipse where the moon’s shadow turns the sun into a “ring of fire.” A swath of the country from Oregon down to Texas will see the whole enchilada, and most other Westerners will get to see at least a partial eclipse. Those of us on the East Coast are SOL until 2017.

Scary Food

‘F*ck You Pizza’ is the logical endpoint of current junk food trends

Humanity has apparently given up on inventing new forms of junk food, and is instead nesting existing forms inside one another like some kind of hideous fast food Turducken. I was on vacation when the mini-cheeseburger crust pizza happened, so I was blissfully spared awareness of that until today, but I did not miss the hot dog stuffed pizza or the Double Down or the “everything KFC makes layered into in a sort of nightmare lasagna” … thing. This trend was always bound to end in greasy, greasy tears, and thanks to this video, we know that those tears will …

Green Home

Origami furniture made from recycled cardboard

Recession got you living in a cardboard box? Take heart: That doesn’t  have to mean missing out on stylish furniture. Karton’s modular, foldable furniture is sturdy (the bed can support almost 2,000 pounds), assembles in minutes, and is made entirely out of cardboard.

Cities

Creepy-cool village where every house is a musical instrument

The Music Box is a New Orleans art installation that makes regular artist’s colonies look like Camazotz. In this tiny shantytown, every building is also a musical instrument, and the entire town can be played in a beautiful, spooky symphony that looks and sounds like something out of Coraline.

Food

Sugar might make you stupid

We all know eating too much processed sugar screws up your body in serious ways. But a new study suggests it could mess up your brain, too.

Solar Power

Solar-powered implants could help blind people see

A new research project from Stanford University bumps solar's do-gooder powers to a whole new level.

Critical List: Last 12 months were the hottest on record; groups protest Arctic drilling

The national average temperature over the past 12 months was the hottest ever recorded. Thanks to fracking, North Dakota now produces more oil than any other than state except Texas. Environmental groups protested drilling in the Arctic Sea outside the White House yesterday.

Food

Wasted milk produces as much CO2 as 20,000 cars

The time to start crying over spilled milk is NOW. According to researchers from the University of Edinburgh, wasted milk in the U.K. creates the equivalent of 110,000 tons of CO2 every year. That’s equivalent to the emissions from 20,000 cars.  

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