John Metcalfe

A Gloomy English City Builds an Artificial Sun

It's a faithful, NASA-guided model of our solar system's burning star (just 100 million times smaller).

Did That Fire Hydrant Just Check Me Out?

These trippy urban GIFs give new meaning to the phrase "living, breathing city."

An Eerily Beautiful Phone Booth Filled to the Brim With Goldfish

Good luck trying to place a call in this booth-cum-aquarium.

The Cricket / Indiegogo

This Alarm Calls Your Phone if Somebody Touches Your Bike

The Bluetooth device also sends alerts to other people near the presumed bicycle thief.

UMD/Google/et al.

The World Has Lost an Unbelievable Amount of Forest Since 1999

New high-resolution maps show that we've gobbled up green space more than twice the size of Texas.

Nick Fisher / Flickr

Take a Beautiful Tour of All the Public Art in the Bay Area

After learning the official records were incomplete, a citizen mapper started building a gorgeous guide to the megacity's street art.

A Super-Tall Tricycle Is Making Its Way Around Vietnam

Best not think about the logistical issues of pedaling it.

A Cheap Conversion Kit to Turn Your Car Into a Ferrari

There's just one catch....

Shutterstock.com

Oh F---! Here's Where People Around the World Are Cursing

A fun new map shows that America rules supreme when it comes to Twitter profanity.

Mat Kladney

A Wonderfully Simplified Map of San Francisco's Bicycle Infrastructure

The city finally has an easy-to-read bicycling map, thanks to the vision of a die-hard local cyclist.

Andrew Brooks Photography

A Quest to Expose the Forgotten Spaces of Europe

Like a church tower used for hiding from the Nazis, and a paved-over river full of colossal spiderwebs.

Manuel Alvarez Diestro

A Stunning Tribute to Hong Kong's Super-Packed Cemeteries

Photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro gives these monolithic boneyards a grim celebration.

NOAA

Super Typhoon Haiyan: The Most Powerful Cyclone in History?

The monster storm hitting the Philippines is causing all kinds of nasty damage.

bikeriderlondon / Shutterstock.com

Where You're Most Likely to Be Arrested or Shot by the Police in San Francisco

Where it's "safe" to live if you're more worried about cops than criminals.

Reuters

Beijing Prepares to Wow the World With Its 'Big Penis' Building

The headquarters of the Communist Party's official newspaper is getting a golden coating in preparation for its debut.

NOAA

The Climate Mapping Tool You've Been Waiting For

Meet the data treasure trove known as "NOAA View."

San Francisco Is Rolling Out High-Tech Playgrounds for Adults

The city is partnering with private techie groups to fund these science-themed transformations of public space.

Chris Cook

Sunday's Solar Eclipse and the Empire State Building Made a Beautiful Pairing

The "hybrid" eclipse of the sun on November 3 was so rare it won't happen again until 2172.

Awesome Art Made From Recycled Skateboards

Tokyo artist Haroshi makes wildly colorful art from hundreds of stacked skateboard decks.