Retirement homes open up to college students. Everybody wins

Students live rent-free in a retirement home in the Netherlands in exchange for working with elder residents.

Splash Landing

What should I do with my old bathtub?

Umbra advises a landlord whose tenants were tough on their tub -- but the lack of options leaves her fuming.


Got a date? Take him or her home — in honor of House Republicans

In honor of recreational sex, our chasers for the week are going to be as unreasonably caliente as we can muster.


Meet the director of the documentary based on Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything”

Grist chats with Canadian filmmaker Avi Lewis about the project, political manifestos, and the pope.

Climate & Energy

Seals are dying en masse off California coast, thank god

Good riddance, seal pups! We're finally exterminating your least favorite mammal.

Climate & Energy

Why is the National Black Chamber of Commerce fighting EPA’s new clean air rules?

A black business leader is accepting money from Big Oil and fighting against clean air.


Go on — laugh at this ridiculous video of a black bear eating a kayak

A kayaker had a complete meltdown when a curious bear started messing with her boat.


Can we cope with climate change by genetically engineering … people?

Don't worry -- it's just a thought experiment. For now.

Boil and Trouble

Is it safe to cook with hot tap water?

A reader is eager to get a jump-start on his pasta by opening the hot-water tap -- but Umbra gives him a few heavy reasons to hold off.