John Metcalfe

Antarctic Sea Ice Hits a Record Max, and That's Not Good

The increase in ice may actually be a sign the warming continent is in trouble.

Hail a New York Taxi, Get a High Five Instead

A random beardo is spreading surprise high fives all over the city.

Americans Who Carry Concealed Weapons Keep Accidentally Shooting Themselves in Public Bathrooms

This year's list of incidents includes an Italian restaurant, a prosecutor's office, a Target, a Burger King ...

This App Transforms Subway Ads Into Fine Art

Make your commute a "curated art experience" through augmented reality.

Americans' Waistlines Are Growing Ever Larger

Possible reasons include sleep deprivation and medication, says a new study.

China Considers an Immense Skyscraper Shaped Like a Cloud

The strange-looking structure would be the second-tallest building on earth.

Behold, Designs for the First Permanent Cat Cafe in the U.S.

A preview of the forthcoming KitTea cafe in San Francisco.

Who's Willing to Pay for Renewable Energy?

More results from our State of the City poll.

Every City Is the Death Star With This 'Space Station' Map Skin

One woman's tribute to her favorite post-apocalyptic, science-fiction worlds.

An Endearingly Cranky Tour of Street Typography

Designer James Victore has a lot of strong opinions about the dumb fonts employed by local businesses.

The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change, Illustrated in Cartoons

Real-life climate researchers have lent their likenesses to this skeptic-destroying comic series.

European Wildfires Could Be 200 Percent Worse by the End of 2100

Blame more hot weather and longer droughts for a predicted uptick in land-blackening blazes.

Strategic Reforestation Could Be the Key to Fighting Ozone

Scientists working in smoggy Houston say planting a 1.5-square-mile forest would make the air more breathable.

Germs Spread Unbelievably Fast in the Workplace

It can take as little as 2 hours for one stomach-flu sufferer to contaminate half of a single office.

Will Norbert Be the Rare Cyclone to Hit California?

Probably not, though the oceanic storm could bring "life-threatening flash flooding" to the region.

Stare into the Glowing Mouth of the Bardarbunga Volcano

NASA satellites capture the fiery action inside Iceland's lava-gusher.

The Sharing Economy Comes to the Umbrella

A high-tech beacon encourages not-at-all awkward encounters with wet strangers.

Making Ghostly Art From Detroit's Sewer Steam

Take a trip to a nightmare world full of giant pigeons and animal-headed businessmen.

It's a Historic Year for Temperature Extremes

In the U.S., we're living in two countries: one scourged by heat and the other bitten by cold.