Fish swimming in water contaminated by anti-anxiety drugs turn into weird loners

Perch are usually shy and hang together for protection, but they start acting antisocial and fearless when they swim around in drug-laced water.

Business & Technology

The Tesla/N.Y. Times fight is a sideshow

Arguing over the precise performance characteristics of one electric car on one trip tells us nothing about how we need to change our transportation system.


Drop the hammer: How to botch a simple DIY gardening project – and find a better way

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, sets out to build a mini greenhouse and finds that carpentry might not be her thing.


Bloomberg proposes banning plastic foam containers, probably because they can hold soda

Actually, it's because 20,000 tons of plastic foam get thrown away in New York City every year. And considering it doesn't weigh much, that's a lot.


Knit together: Can collaborative fashion change the way we approach clothing?

Amy Twigger Holroyd wants to slow fashion down and empower people to make their own long-lasting, sharable clothing.

Climate & Energy

Can Sally Jewell sell Obama on the value of the great outdoors?

Conservationists are tripping over themselves to praise Obama's nomination of the CEO of REI as the nation’s top land manager. Can she convince the president it's time to kick some ass?


Read and take over: Occupying urban streets with guerrilla libraries

In New York, kiosks offer books outside Sandy-shuttered libraries, and in Oakland, a people's library is surviving on the sidewalk.


Matt Damon says he’s going to stop using the toilet

He was looking for a way to, and we quote, "persuade people to give a shit about toilets."


Will New York’s next mayor keep the city’s bike lanes?

It depends on who wins.