John Metcalfe

A Visual History of Satellites

The 'extended urbanization' of space. 

This Robotic Dress Fights for Your Personal Space

It expands like a balloon to drive unwanted creepsters away.

Expect Plenty More Toxic Algae in Lake Erie This Summer

It's already too late to ward off this year's sliming.

Pathogens Can Live for a Week in Airplane Seat-Back Pockets

Disease-causing bacteria like MRSA and E. coli are remarkably good at surviving the in-flight environment.

Stop Petting Strangers' Dogs

It's not just for your own protection, dummy.

Is This the Way to Find Privacy on Economy Flights?

It might make you look like a big, misanthropic baby, but this head sling for fliers promises solitude and comfort.

Living Near Foreclosed Property Is Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure

Researchers say lender-owned foreclosures could be causing neighbors too much stress.  

India's Public Urinators Now Risk the Blast of a Firehose

Don't be caught with your pants down by the "Pissing Tanker."

Kara Walker's Sendoff for the Old Domino Sugar Plant: A Giant Sphinx

The artist built a 75-foot-long humanimal inside the soon-to-be-demolished refinery.

U.S. Forest Fires Are Likely to Get Yet More Frequent and Nightmarish

Development and climate change are creating the perfect conditions for widely destructive infernos.

Where New Yorkers Have the Most Bike Crashes

Thousands of painful wrecks suggest that certain streets could use better safety measures.

Boulder Officially Rejects Public Art Spelled in ALL CAPS

The city says "no" to an artwork that says, loudly, "YES!"

The Manholes Have Claimed Another Sacrificial Victim

One scooter rider had a very bad day.

The U.S. Faces Longer Summers of Worsening Ozone Pollution

Scientists have linked a warmer climate to a 70 percent increase in unhealthy summertime ozone levels.

Someone's Come Up With an Ashtray That Rewards Smokers for Not Littering

"Fumo" emits happy beeps and blipping lights anytime it's fed a cigarette butt.

The Ocean Floor Is Littered with Humanity's Garbage

Researchers say they were "shocked" to find so much plastic, glass, and fishing equipment all over the seafloor.

Can You Guess Which U.S. States People Most Want to Flee?

Everybody wants to get out of Illinois and Connecticut, it seems, and nobody wants to leave Montana.

San Francisco Sure Does Order a Lot of Cat Food

The Bay Area's online shoppers also show a rabid desire for toilet paper, protein powder, and (uhm) mayonnaise.

April Had a Record Number of Big Earthquakes

This year there was a typical pattern of quake activity up until the end of March, and then things went bonkers.