John Metcalfe

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Listen in on Some Really Pissed-Off British Commuters

"TransportBuzz" channels collective anger over train delays, backward-facing seats, and really sneezy passengers.

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The Case of California's Disappearing Snow

This year, there's virtually no powder on the ground in the drought-stricken state.

UT Arlington

One Day, Your Phone Could Be Powered by 'Micro Windmills'

The nano-turbines are so small that hundreds could fit inconspicously on a phone's sleeve.

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Say Hello to Your Newest Urban Animal: the Snowy Owl

The fluffy-white hunters are everywhere this year, from New York to Baltimore all the way down to Florida.

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Weird 'Ice Boulders' Wash Up on Lake Michigan

They look like snowballs that would dent a tractor.

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Philadelphia's Bedbug Infestations Are Skyrocketing by 70 Percent a Year

The blood-feasting insects seem more active in the summer, according to new sleep-killing research.

Anthony Scerri

The Magical Beef-Based Transit System of 'Burgertown'

Where one man's fascination with burgers and New York's MTA intersect.

Marcelo Duhalde

Charting the Life Expectancies of the World's Countries

If you want your newborn to live a long life, try traveling to Europe.

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The Arctic 'Steam Fog' Over the Great Lakes, Seen From Space

An escaped chunk of the Polar Vortex caused this weird-looking mass emanation of vapors.

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It Will Be Hard to Beat China's Latest Food Contamination Scandal

A slaughterhouse injects meat with water from dirty ponds.

Beefing Up Population Density Won't Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A new map showing the carbon footprint for nearly every zip code indicates that suburbs are powerful greenhouse-gas emitters.

Stand in Awe of Tokyo's $100 Melons

Should you eat it, or put it in a museum?

Jonathan Hull

A Praiseworthy Map of America's Heavenly Place Names

Urban areas show a noticeable trend toward god-revering place names.

NOAA

The Latest NOAA Map Shows Most of the Northeast Blanketed in Snow

The National Weather Service has broken down predicted snowfalls for the coming blizzard.

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This Bike Suit Makes You Look Like a Marvel Superhero

Or it will make you look like a glowing reject from the Tron universe, one or the other.

Peretz Partensky

San Francisco Wants You to Fall in Love With Its Sewer System

Why the city is putting toilet-humor ads on public buses, like "Your #2 is my #1" and "No one deals with more crap than I do."

Minneapolis Real Estate Agents Are Highly Amused by the Defacing of their Ads

In a weird Multiplicity-esque project, an artist is changing realtors' bus-stop advertisements to feature his own face.

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The Forgotten History of How Cities Almost Killed the Common Squirrel

At last, historians have charted the great "squirrel experiments" of the 1800s, which saved the humble creature from urban extinction.

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The Littlest Ice Skating Rink in Tokyo Is Very Small Indeed

Attended by skating instructors, the wee rink measures less than 10 feet across.