Yelp’s new city maps help you avoid hipsters

Yelp created word maps for 14 cities identifying which areas have the highest mention of "hipster," "PBR," and similar terms.


Mice have taste receptors in their testicles. Do you?

Have you ever rubbed nuts ON your nuts? Because maybe you should.


Bikeshare rolls into Chi-Town, spreading transportation bliss

A reporter checks out all 68 of Chicago’s new bikeshare stations and walks away tired, chafed, but impressed.

Urban jungle

An inner-city neighborhood rallies around a long-neglected park

In a down-and-out corner of Washington, D.C., kids cleaned up a local park. The adults followed, and now it’s a national example of urban renewal done right.

Business & Technology

Watch a miniature dwarf horse learn to use his custom wheelchair

Dwarf miniature horse Roozer Brews is really glad to be living in the future.


This weird-looking orca might actually be its own species

The Type D orca has a slightly hooked fin, snoutlike nose, and smaller white spot than other orcas. BUT WHAT WILL ITS RAPPER NAME BE?

Urban jungle

A mixtape love letter to the parks that birthed hip hop

Here are some great rap songs that celebrate the role of parks in city life and the history of hip hop.

Urban jungle

Welcome to the urban jungle: Nature in cities is Grist’s July theme

This month, look at how nature gets into our cities and under our skin, even where we least expect it.


16-year-old has finally succeeded in making plastic out of banana peels

A few years ago, Elif Bilgin, now 16, began thinking about slimy, used banana peels in an entirely new light.