John Metcalfe

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Behold, Designs for the First Permanent Cat Cafe in the U.S.

A preview of the forthcoming KitTea cafe in San Francisco.

Reuters

Who's Willing to Pay for Renewable Energy?

More results from our State of the City poll.

Eleanor Lutz/Mapbox

Every City Is the Death Star With This 'Space Station' Map Skin

One woman's tribute to her favorite post-apocalyptic, science-fiction worlds.

An Endearingly Cranky Tour of Street Typography

Designer James Victore has a lot of strong opinions about the dumb fonts employed by local businesses.

Skeptical Science

The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change, Illustrated in Cartoons

Real-life climate researchers have lent their likenesses to this skeptic-destroying comic series.

Reuters/Rafael Marchante

European Wildfires Could Be 200 Percent Worse by the End of 2100

Blame more hot weather and longer droughts for a predicted uptick in land-blackening blazes.

Erion Shehaj/Flickr

Strategic Reforestation Could Be the Key to Fighting Ozone

Scientists working in smoggy Houston say planting a 1.5-square-mile forest would make the air more breathable.

Shutterstock.com

Germs Spread Unbelievably Fast in the Workplace

It can take as little as 2 hours for one stomach-flu sufferer to contaminate half of a single office.

Will Norbert Be the Rare Cyclone to Hit California?

Probably not, though the oceanic storm could bring "life-threatening flash flooding" to the region.

NASA

Stare into the Glowing Mouth of the Bardarbunga Volcano

NASA satellites capture the fiery action inside Iceland's lava-gusher.

Umbrella Here/Kickstarter

The Sharing Economy Comes to the Umbrella

A high-tech beacon encourages not-at-all awkward encounters with wet strangers.

Hygienic Dress League

Making Ghostly Art From Detroit's Sewer Steam

Take a trip to a nightmare world full of giant pigeons and animal-headed businessmen.

Climate.gov

It's a Historic Year for Temperature Extremes

In the U.S., we're living in two countries: one scourged by heat and the other bitten by cold.

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Who's Willing to Move? The Young, the Poor, and Those Who Already Live in Cities

More results from the Atlantic Media/Siemens State of the City Poll. 

James Kingston

Dangling From Extremely Tall Structures as Urban Sport

Watch daredevil and frequent arrestee James Kingston hang by one hand from a giant Indian crane just because he can.

Oddur Sigurdsson/Smithsonian

Visualizing the Shaking Rage of Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano

This is what a swarm of earthquakes looks like underneath the massive stratovolcano.

Elizabeth Lowe

The Urban Environment Is Creating Super-Sized Spiders

It's helping them spawn tons of spider eggs, too.

Chris Linder/University of Washington

The Arctic Is Losing an Alarming Amount of Snow

Snow depth on sea ice has fallen by as much as half in the past 50 years.

Take a San Francisco Gentrification Quiz from 1985

Signs that your neighborhood has become upscale: computer stores, needlepoint boutiques... exotic-bird shops?