John Metcalfe

Studio Roosegaarde

Artist Inundates the Netherlands with a 'Virtual Flood'

Eerie, floating lights show how high water would crest if the dikes failed.

Seattle DOT

Cyclists, Rest Your Weary Limbs on Seattle's First-Ever 'Leaning Rails'

The metal fixtures, already used in European cities, support riders as they wait at intersections.

Drones Are Getting in on the Building-Demolition Game

But their presence during implosions is making some people unhappy.


Southerners Are Failing at Building Snowmen

A major winter storm tests the lower states' snow-sculpting mettle.

Suburban Birds Are Reservoirs for Lyme-Disease Bacteria

Humans are creating wonderful habitats for disease-spreading robins and sparrows.

John Arnold

Why Did a Chinese Rocket Break Up Spectacularly Over America?

It had launched a scientific or military satellite, depending on which side you believe.

Manhole Performs a Brutal Takedown on a Car

It's the back tire that'll get ya.

Stephen Mallon

The Fantastic Transformation of Subway Cars into Artificial Reefs

A photographer spent years watching heavy machinery hurl MTA cars into the Atlantic.


Why Are Londoners Texting with an Inanimate Signpost?

Some are even asking the (surprisingly jerkish) signpost for a date.


Tremble in the Shadow of New York's 50-Foot 'Ice Volcano'

The massive, frozen cone is the product of this winter's bitter temperatures.


London's Public Art Is Becoming Increasingly Surreal

A car rides an asphalt wave in the city's newest structure.


There's Something Suspicious About the 'New' Euro Note

Since when does currency show people fleeing buildings in terror?

Mike Groll/AP

New York in 2080: 9 Degrees Warmer, 39 Inches of Sea Level Rise

And other alarming details from the city's latest climate change report.

Every Year There's a New Viral Video of This Japanese Bike-Parking Robot

It's not hard to see why people love it so much, though.


A Groovy Symbol Appears on a San Francisco Beach

The sandy masterpiece was made by an artist who does huge, intricate earthworks.


Why Is America Dotted with Giant, Concrete Arrows?

These old air-mail beacons are visible all over the land (if you know where to look).

Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The U.S. Is On Track for the Worst Megadrought in 1,000 Years

Looming drought conditions will exceed anything seen since Medieval times, say scientists.


Louisiana's Threatened Coast Is Growing Patches of New Land

Is this an encouraging sign in the fight against rising sea levels?


An Artist Covers a Street with Giant Cockroaches

These insectoid hulks belong in a zoo.