Grist List

Animals

Oh, no big deal, just a LIVE PENGUIN CAM

SeaWorld San Diego set up a live cam starring 300 penguins.

Green Home

Now you can buy a prefab IKEA house

Oregon architecture firm ideabox is producing this prefab tiny house, which comes pre-installed with IKEA cabinets, flooring, and closets. The “activ” house is about 750 square feet and costs $86,500, and you can pick the color scheme of IKEA accoutrements that you prefer. And unlike most IKEA stuff, it doesn’t come flat-packed and there’s no assembly required.

Food Safety

School lunches still contain ‘pink slime’

For those among you who really miss the “pink slime” content of McDonald’s hamburgers and Taco Bell’s … everything, you can still get your fix of the ammonia-doused meat product, made of leftover, fatty trimmings. Where, you ask, can I find this abomination? According to The Daily, you can find it in your child’s school lunch.

Business & Technology

Batteries could make power grid unnecessary in some countries

Aquion specializes in making large batteries, cheaply. They don’t look like much -- they live in a former TV factory outside Pittsburgh, and you'll probably never buy any of their products.

Infrastructure

A road made of crushed toilets

"Poticrete" is what Bellingham, Washington is calling their new road material, which incorporates ground-up toilets. Clever!

Pollution

Why less arctic ice means more mercury in your babies

Thin sea ice leads to a "bromine explosion" that turns gaseous mercury in the atmosphere into a toxic pollutant that falls on snow, land and ice and can accumulate in fish.

Critical List: Lorax tops box office; climate change worsened Texas drought

Grist is not so keen on the movie version of The Lorax, but the rest of the country is, apparently: The movie topped box offices this weekends. In Illinois, two cars crashed into a major oil pipeline, shutting it down. BP’s going to pay $7.8 billion to settle Deepwater Horizon claims, according to a settlement announced Friday. Science says: Climate change made the Texas drought worse than it would have been otherwise.

Renewable Energy

Philadelphia Eagles build a green stadium

The Philadelphia Eagles’ helmets are already green, and by next year their stadium will match. The team is partnering with power company NRG to build one of the greenest sports arenas in the country.

Politics

The trouble with right-wing bitching about gas prices, in one handy cartoon

We might as well close up shop here, because cartoonist Ed Stein has done all the work for us.

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