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Animals

How to save wolves: Take photos where they look like crazy mutants

Those clever ecologists at the U.S. Geological Survey have found a way to obtain information about wolves that doesn’t involve trapping them, collaring them, or shooting them with weird injections — and bonus, it makes them look like X-MAN SUPERWOLVES. Instead of messing with the animals directly, researchers are just snapping pics with infrared cameras, leading to wicked shots like the one above. As Wired reports, the sad side of this story is why they need the cameras: The wolves in Yellowstone National Park have caught a form of scabies that causes hair loss.

Going solar doesn’t mean you’re some weird pickler guy, say new ads

SunRun, a solar leasing company, has a handful of funny ads out.

Critical List: Antarctic ice sheets’ soft underbellies; monkey sets traps

The undersides of Antarctic ice sheets, thought to be fairly safe for now, are melting. Robert Abbey, the head of the Bureau of Land Management, is planning to retire at the end of the month. Bill McKibben said yesterday that climate campaigners need to be “willfully naive and demand that our system work the way that it is supposed to work” instead of the way it does work, with big money driving decisions. This new LED lightbulb has a cooling system that “breathes.”

Animals

Feed a hummingbird from your face

How many ways do I love this face-mounted hummingbird feeder? It looks like an off-brand Iron Man costume! It lets hummingbirds drink from the bridge of your nose! It’s called :–2<:, which is pronounced “Eye to Eye” but is really a pictogram of a long-nosed human and a beaky bird facing off! This video about its origin uses every terrible typeface known to man!

Media

Fox News has finally figured out that low gas prices are bad

We’ve been saying for a while that expensive gas is good news — not just because the expense of filling a tank could drive people into the arms of bikes and subways, but because affordable gas is a sign of a weak economy. But Fox News has continued to cling to the conviction that lower gas prices are best — probably because Obama was president and gas prices were on the rise. Well, now gas prices are dipping a bit, but Obama is still president, so it’s time for their views to “evolve.” Media Matters caught various Foxers claiming that …

Transportation

Classical music flash mob turns subway car into symphony orchestra

The Copenhagen Philharmonic really knows how to make a subway commute more beautiful. Musicians took over a train car during what looks like the morning rush hour, and gave riders a surprise performance of “Morning Mood” from the Peer Gynt suite (aka the music that plays any time a cartoon shows a sunrise).

Animals

Baby bear conga line is the best thing you’ll see all day

The info below this video on YouTube kinda sums it up: “A group of baby bears stand behind each other and lick each other’s heads.” How can that NOT be the most amazing video you’ll watch today?

Living

Awesome patio furniture made of recycled food packaging

In today’s “shit you can’t afford even though it’s made of garbage” news: genuinely gorgeous, if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it patio furniture made from recycled food and drink packaging.

Climate Change

Climate change could help untreatable viral disease spread in New York City

Climate change could help bring a viral disease called chikungunya to New York City. And if you live there, you miiiight want to get a little freaked out about this, because as LiveScience reports, chikungunya makes swine flu look like piglet sniffles. Chikungunya causes severe joint pain, fever, rash and other symptoms that can last for months, even years, and in unusual cases, death. There is no vaccine and no treatment.

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