John Metcalfe

A Monthly Guide to Peak Tornado Season in America

Where and when you'll normally encounter the most violent twisters—mapped.

Watch a Flood Turn a Sydney Train Station Into a River

At Bardwell Park, waters crested to the level of the platform.

The World's Most Polluted Bird Hails From Vancouver

The city's toxin-ridden hawks are so contaminated they're "flameproof."

Chile's Calbuco Volcano Is Creating a Hellish Spectacle

Nature tries to imitate nuclear armageddon.

Russia's Wildfire Smoke Has Wafted Over America and Led to Some Incredible Sunsets

Abnormally warm temperatures have fueled deadly blazes in Siberia.

Move Over Segway, Here's an Electric Unicycle

The Unio is agile and takes up less space than a bike. Unfortunately, it's still a unicycle.

The Deadly Geography of Landslides

Rain-driven landslides have killed at least 20,000 since 2007—here's where.

These Bird-Shaped Recycling Bins Just Beg to Be Fed

The gaping-mouthed receptacles are meant to awaken one's inner parent.

This Wind-Powered Bicycle Bell Is Always Making Noise

"Bellpipes" is a bike whistle that draws from bagpipes and wind tunnels.

Everyone Has a Great View in a Spinning Apartment Building

One designer's solution to class conflict caused by blocked views.

China's Smog Inspires Absolutely Terrifying PSAs

Billowing smoke and furious animals combine in these "terror haze" illustrations.

We Need More Street Furniture Shaped Like Tulips

Get up from the "Tulpi" seat, a Dutch invention, and it closes like a flower.

A Sperm Whale Washes Ashore in the Bay Area

The dead behemoth that appeared south of San Francisco is "emaciated."

What If Your Subway Conductor Suddenly Got Real?

A new spoof, "The MTA Is Not Apologizing," shows impatient riders no mercy.

The Fascinating, Never-Ending Job of Painting the Golden Gate Bridge

Nature wants to turn this American icon to rust. Chad Allan won't let that happen.

A Gorgeous Atlas of New York Tree Species

Mapping 592,130 trees right down to trunk size.

San Francisco Has a Robotic Sculpture You Control With Your Brain

"Neuroflowers" changes color and blossoms according to your mental focus.

The California Drought Inspires a Contest for San Francisco's 'Ugliest Yard'

"Ugly" here means beautiful yards with well-watered plants.

Hanover's Bald Eagle Webcam Is Really Addictive

Gaze in wonder at Liberty and Freedom, their babies, and piles of gory fish.