John Metcalfe

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.

An Apocalyptic-Looking Storm Rolls Over Sydney

This "super cell" looked more like a nuclear test than bad weather.

Brewers Have Made Sriracha Sauce Into a 'Hot Stout'

Just don't try adding it to pho.

Even a Deluge Won't End California's Drought

This mid-week soaking probably won't go one-fifth of the way toward ending it, unfortunately.

How a Los Angeles Car Chase Turned Into a Skateboard Chase

A skateboard is not a very good getaway vehicle.

Chicago Is a Wonderland of Fat-Themed Businesses

Fat Daddy's, Fat Sam's, Fat Tony's, Fat Ricky's, Fat Boys, Fatty Magoo's... what's behind this celebration of big-bonedness?

A Sky-High Memorial to Qatar's Rising World-Cup Death Toll

Each building stone represents one deceased Nepalese migrant worker.

You Could Have Grown Your Thanksgiving Bounty In the Kitchen

This hydroponic techno-planter requires little care, needs no dirt, and glows like a magic mushroom.

Take a Drone Tour Above a City Abandoned During Chernobyl

A photographer explores by air a forgotten city where nature has forged on.

Predict Your Own Thanksgiving-Snowstorm Travel Misery

The National Weather Service has an experimental new tool that shows the weather hazards along your journey, including predicted snow accumulations.

Predict Your Date of Death With This Gloomy Data Visualization

This World Bank-supported project asks, "What's my place in the world population? How long will I live?"

A Climate Model of White Christmases—Through 2100

One man makes a knowingly futile attempt at predicting snow for decades down the line.

Meet the World's Best Urban Wheelbarrower

Skateboarding is out, stunting on a tricked-out farm tool is in.

Buffalo's Melting Snow Could Cause 'Significant Flooding'

Warm temperatures are expected this weekend, and that's not good.

So You've Decided to Map Sidewalk Poop in San Francisco...

Sorry to say you'll discover that much of it is attributed to humans.

Is the Sun Causing Spikes in Lightning?

Scientists say the star's magnetic field may be ratcheting up strikes by 50 percent.