John Metcalfe

California Gets a New Wildfire, and It's Visible From the Bay Area

A mushroom cloud of gray smoke on the San Francisco horizon is coming from a blaze on, appropriately, Mount Diablo.

The Wacky Skyline of an Alternative-Universe San Francisco

A new exhibition in San Francisco envisions the Bay Bridge as a massive vertical farm and Treasure Island seeded with water-purifying "jellyfish houses."

NASA Goddard / Flickr

Friday's NASA Rocket Launch Will Be Visible From South Carolina to Maine

Here's how to maximize the chances of spotting the flaming Minotaur V, scheduled for an 11:27 p.m. EDT blast-off.

A Hair-Raising Parkour Tribute to the Video Game 'Mirror's Edge'

This British homage to the popular dystopian game has everything (except the shooting-at-the-cops stuff, of course).

Stockholm Artists Protest Obama by Putting Guantanamo Hoods on Statues

Street artists decry the "hypocrisy" of the President's plea for military action in Syria.

Can You Spot the Wild Animals Hidden Behind Brooklyn's Windows and Grates?

The borough appears to have suffered a zoo break, with gorillas, chimps, and even an iguana inside building ventilation shafts.

Dylan Raleigh/Tricia Spoonts

Mapping Where You're More Likely to Get Price-Gouged By a Hospital

American hospitals that provide high-quality, affordable treatment tend to hail from the heartland, according to a new visualization.

The Quest to Design the Ultimate Public Chair for Battery Park

Should New York's newest outdoor furniture look like a pretzel, a folded-up newspaper, or Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase?

Mapping San Francisco's Chinatown Before it Became a Tourist Hub

According to a controversial 1885 map, it was rife with gambling parlors, opium dens, and plentiful houses of "white prostitution."

orionpozo / Flickr

Science Explains Why It's So Easy to Hate 'Painter of Light' Thomas Kinkade

Inside a team of researchers' quest to see what happens to people when they're exposed repeatedly to Kinkade's saccharine artworks.

Inside This French City, There's a Littler City Where the People Are 3 Inches Tall

It's full of grumpy-looking businessmen and bombed-out buildings.

NASA

NASA's Satellites Are Watching the Rim Fire Creep Into Yosemite

Nighttime images show the gradual spread of the tremendous wildfire, which is burning brighter than the city lights of Reno.

The 'World's First' 3-D Printed Skateboard Isn't Exactly That

In its defense, though, it looks awesomely terrifying.

Mike Hewson

Slipping Optical Illusions into Post-Earthquake Christchurch

With the power of trompe l'oeil, Mike Hewson tries to give hope to New Zealanders "surrounded by decay and uncertainty."

Ben Haeringer / Flickr

The Unlikeliest Heroes in the Battle Against Climate Change? Dung Beetles

The cow poop-crunching insects play a small but vibrant role in reducing greenhouse gases, scientists report.

Dan Corson

Seattle's New Streetlights Are 40-Foot-Tall Singing Flowers

The immense plants live under the Space Needle and blast anybody passing underneath with a harmony of voices.

NOAA

All the Hurricanes of the Past 170 Years, Mapped

See where 11,967 cyclones overlap in space in this fascinating look at the planet's most powerful storms.

Mike Blake / Reuters

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to Resign; City Will Pay for His Legal Defense

The embattled mayor, who is facing accusations of sexual harassment from more than a dozen women, blamed a "lynch mob" of politicians and media interests for his ouster.

ruffin_ready / Flickr

Brussels Vending Machine Dispenses French Fries and Goopy Mayonnaise

The world's waistlines won't know what hit them when this cheap, all-night fry dispensary catches on.