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Where in the U.S. You're Most Likely to Get Struck by Lightning

A county-by-county look.

The 10 Most Hellish Hills for America's Cyclists

Where lie the country's steepest, most muscle-shredding streets?

Visit a Crumbling, Soviet-Era Floating 'Oil City'

Despite broken bridges and submerged apartments, the Neft Dashlari oil platform remains inhabited to this day.

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A New Tool in the Fight Against Hurricanes: Wind Farms?

Tens of thousands of wind turbines could dampen monster hurricanes into plain old bad storms, claim researchers.

The Severity of California's Terrible Drought, in One Image

After months of extremely dry weather, a Sacramento-area lake has pulled a massive disappearing act.

How to Make Crosswalks Artistically Delightful

Paint them with fish, skeletons, and optical illusions, as is the M.O. of urban trickster Roadsworth.

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An Astronaut's View of the North Korean Electricity Black Hole

Power cuts make the dictatorship virtually disappear at night.

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Wind Turbines Can Act Like Big Magnets for Lightning

They can be hit by bolts every three seconds for hours-long periods, even if thunderstorms are not nearby.

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Believe It or Not, January Was Full of Big, Warm Climate Anomalies

Here's a primer to last month's significant floods, droughts, and overall hotter-than-average temperatures.

A Fearlessly Crass Send-Off to a 650-Foot Smokestack

See if you can spot what went wrong in the media coverage of this Australian demolition.

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The 'Polar Vortex' Is Coming Back. Again.

Next week will feature bone-freezing temperatures as low as 35 degrees below average.

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Meet New York City's Unofficial Curator of Lost Stuff

Yoonjin Lee makes abandoned gloves and lip balm look like they're crying out for help.

Why the Aurora Borealis Was (Briefly) Visible in the Contiguous U.S.

An ongoing geomagnetic storm is sending shimmering waves of light deep into North America.

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Fascinating Art Inspired by the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch'

Never has deadly marine debris looked so beautiful.

The Great Lake's Massive Ice Cap Could Bring a Cooler Summer

The expanding sheet could set a modern record for coverage.

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The Heart-Shaped Cloud That Hovered Over Oregon

Weather geeks should enjoy this collection of nature celebrating Valentine's Day.

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What If We Covered the Burj Khalifa in a Big Condom?

A surreal architectural proposal would encase the world's tallest skyscraper in a fabric sheath.

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Snow Is on the Ground in 49 U.S. States

Only stubborn Florida is ruining that nation from being united in snow.

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This Australian Wildfire Is as Big as Melbourne

It's not every day you see a conflagration of this titanic size.