Grist List


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 …


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 …


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 …


Nonprofit teaches you how to save endangered species, then gives you a tattoo of one

Tatzoo holds training bootcamps where you work to save an endangered species. At the end of the program, you're rewarded with a tattoo.

Green Home

Chairs and tables that double as indoor gardens

Growing herbs in your backyard or on your roof is all very well and good, if you have a backyard or a roof. But what if you live in a shitty little apartment that doesn’t …


Elm caretaker to be buried in coffin made from beloved elm

Frank Knight spent decades keeping Herbie, New England’s tallest elm tree, alive. The tree lived for 217 years and under Knight’s care survived 14 bouts of Dutch Elm diseases. Two years ago, the tree had …


Infographic: The later it gets, the more crap we eat

I don’t have to tell you that people eat crappier food late at night than they do in the light of day. You probably figured that out when Taco Bell invented a fourth meal in …