John Metcalfe


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.

Chang-Yu Pan

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.

NASA Goddard

The Deadly Geography of Landslides

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

Kin Wai Michael Siu

These Bird-Shaped Recycling Bins Just Beg to Be Fed

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

Chang-Yu Pan

This Wind-Powered Bicycle Bell Is Always Making Noise

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

Shin Kuo

Everyone Has a Great View in a Spinning Apartment Building

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

Liu Yang/Kai Huo

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.

Jeff Chiu/AP

A Sperm Whale Washes Ashore in the Bay Area

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

Above Average

What If Your Subway Conductor Suddenly Got Real?

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

Wiki Commons

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.

Jill Hubley

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.

SF Environment

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

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

Pennsylvania Game Commission

Hanover's Bald Eagle Webcam Is Really Addictive

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


Let's Give the World Clean Energy With Cow Vests

The "Cowolt" would use cattle's body heat to charge phones and lamps.

Dutch Windwheel Co.

The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction

The bladeless "Windwheel" would have a hotel and an odd kind of roller coaster.

An Extremely Detailed Geography of Climate Change Beliefs

Who's most worried about global warming in America?