John Metcalfe

Looking Back at America's Largest Hailstone

On this day in 2010, a town in South Dakota was visited by a two-pound ice monster from the sky.

A Lovely Animation of the Planet's Hot-Weather 'Misery'

Where in the world is it unbearably hot right now?

Wisconsin Is Getting Smothered by Millions of Gross, Horny Flies

Close your mouth while looking at these photos, or a bug might fly in.

The Rooftop Homes of Cairo's Racing Pigeons

Pigeon breeding has a long and rich history in the region, dating back 4,000 years.

More Evidence There Is No 'Pause' in Global Warming

Despite what skeptics claim, the earth is on track for even hotter days ahead.

Seals Are Drawn to Offshore Wind Farms

Some swim around the turbines in a grid fashion, probably hunting for prey.

A Doomed Seattle Freeway Ramp Gets a Loving Goodbye

Artists transform a highway ramp that over the years has welcomed skateboarders, divers, hermits, and marriage-seekers.

Wind Farm Fires Are Much More Common Than We Thought

And they're underreported by as much as 10 times, according to new research.

Toledo Does a Double Demolition of Smokestacks

These old coal stacks hit the ground with a deeply enjoyable whumpf.

To End California's Drought, More Than 1 Foot of Rain Needs to Fall in a Month

Rain that will likely never arrive, that is.

Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, Reimagined as Wild-Looking Housing

It surely wouldn't work, but this plan to address Brazil's housing crisis is a good example of dreaming big.

On This Day in 1910, New York's Monorail Suffered a Grievous Wreck

A sad tale of extremely poor transportation planning.

The U.S. Now Has More Than 3,000 Breweries

The last time this happened was in the 1870s.

Follow a Real New York Taxi's Daily Slog

Thirty days, 30 random cabbie journeys based on actual location data.

A Brief History of Houses Built Out of Spite

One way to get back at the neighbors? Block their light and views.

Pensacola, Florida, Wins for 2014's Most Frightening Cloud

Is it safe to come out from under the bed now?

Where to View This Weekend's East Coast Rocket Launch

On Sunday, set your sights east to catch the fiery ascent of a resupply for the International Space Station.

Climate Change Could Cause More Kidney Stones

Doctors say that hotter weather is linked with everybody's favorite cause of blood in the urine, and that kids could be most affected.

Meet the Jersey Shore's Giant Algal Blob

The massive bloom floating in the Atlantic seemingly exploded out of nowhere.