John Metcalfe

Proof that California's Drivers Can't Handle the Rain

Crunching the numbers on L.A.'s wet-weather car wrecks.

It's Too Early to Call 2014 the Hottest Year on Record

Scientists are still compiling evidence for that ignoble distinction.

A Giant, Fake Moon Rises in an Abandoned Lithuanian Building

Residents of Kaunas are seeing double due to a local artist's surreal astronomical illusion.

How the Chances of a White Christmas Have Changed Since the 1960s

A new analysis of weather data shows that in a few regions, it has become less common to see snow over the holidays.

2014: An Epic Year for Climate Change and Other Weather-Related Disasters

Extreme heat, record-breaking floods, and a terrifying tornado in oil country—all in all, a year we can't afford to forget.

A Bare-Bones Electric Motorcycle for Green Urban Riding

This ultralight bike is designed to cut pollution and slice through traffic jams.

A Look Back at the Questionable, Dog-Powered 'Poochmobile'

One of the least-likely rides of the 1930s relied on a German Shepherd trapped in a big hamster wheel.

America's Holiday Lights Can Be Seen from Space

They're especially bright in the suburbs, says NASA.

Scientists Are Exploring Whether We Can Save the Climate by Pumping the Air Full of Seawater

If it comes down to it, water-shooting ships just might help geoengineer us away from a hotter future, according to some new research.

A Devious Contraption to Stop Airplane Elbow Wars

"Soarigami" walls off airline armrests into separate but equal halves.

This Bike Bag Morphs Into a Rain Poncho, a Baby Sling, a Bigger Bag...

A concept for one commuter bag to rule them all.

What Are the Odds Your City Will Have a White Christmas?

Decades of climate data pinpoint the nation's top spots for a snowy December 25.

This Designer Fabric (Intentionally) Reeks of Whisky

It's a burst of fashion genius that could only originate in Scotland.

Inside an Immense, Honking 'Goose Cloud'

Zach Worrell accidentally sent his quadcopter right up into a huge flock of migrating birds. Here's what he could see.

Presenting the World's Tiniest E-Bike

The "Impossible" electric bike folds up to fit in a backpack, and makes riders look only slightly like a bear doing a circus trick.

There Are At Least 5.25 Trillion Pieces of Plastic in the Ocean

And that's a highly conservative estimate, say scientists.

Dust Mites Travel the World the Same Way We All Do—On Commercial Flights

The allergy-causing organisms commonly latch on to our luggage, clothes, and (gag) food.

Watch Dallas Get Swallowed in an Ocean of Fog

A fog layer was so thick it looked like a snowstorm.

A Nerve-Jangling Free Climb Up a Towering Romanian Deathtrap

Precarious handholds on this 919-foot chimney include dangling cords and a ladder that's come loose from the wall.