Grist List

Animals

Giant mice are eating all the endangered baby birds

Considering all the threats facing endangered seabirds — extreme weather, pollution, oil spills — I would not guess that “giant mice” would really rate concern. …

Animals

Here is a dog riding a bike (all by himself!)

And here is my face right now: 8O

Green Home

Wooden light bulb is the most magical-looking LED bulb we’ve seen

There are all kinds of futuristic-looking energy-efficient light bulbs on the market — not just the traditional piggy-tail model, but liquid-cooled bulbs that look like …

Fossil Fuels

Stunning photos drive home the destructiveness of tar sands

We all know, in the abstract, that tar-sands oil is something we should oppose. But seeing the destruction that tar-sands mining wreaks on the landscape …

Climate Change

G8 summit might have actually done something about climate change

There’s a bit of news from the G8 summit that might have escaped notice: International leaders agreed to take collective action to decrease greenhouse-gas emissions. …

Biking

Inflatable bike helmet is like an airbag for your head

Like other stuff that is good for your health (not smoking, sobriety, living slow, and dying old), bike helmets are uncool. But you can’t really …

Critical List: NRC head Jaczko resigns; Iranian oil exports slow

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Gregory Jaczko put in his resignation. Not because word got out that he’s a bully! Just because, you know, he had …

Media

The coolest photo from Sunday’s eclipse

Aw shit, it’s Loki.

Climate Skeptics

Peter Gleick did not forge Heartland documents

Before the Heartland Institute decided to alienate even right-wing denialists with their OTT billboard campaign, they were already in kind of hot water — some …