John Metcalfe

Matti Schneider

These Massive Data Facilities Could Be Targets of Government Spying

The physical infrastructure of the Internet presents tantalizing targets for the NSA and other eavesdropping agencies.

Jonathan Hull

Mapping the Glum Inequality of Happiness in the World

The happiest countries on Earth are rich and European; the most miserable are located in impoverished Sub-Saharan Africa.

Pakistan's Earthquake Was So Strong It Spawned a Whole New Island

A burbling volcano of mud rose out of the Arabian Sea like some Lovecraftian nightmare.

NASA

Entrancing NASA Model Reveals the Feverish Future of Climate Change

Hotter, wetter weather and new droughts are shown in this weirdly undulating simulation of Earth's atmosphere.

Anselm Bradford

Which World Governments Are Most Likely to Snoop on Your Facebook?

The United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom are particularly good at obtaining private Facebook data, a new map reveals.

NL Architects

Let's Turn More Empty Lots Into Mini-Golf Courses

Faced with a glut of empty eyesores, Amsterdam rolls out the sod for free public golfing.

The Incredible History of San Francisco's Coast, as Seen From the Air

Blood-colored evaporation ponds, smoldering toxic-waste dumps, a rusting fleet of military ghost ships – the Bay Area has it all.

Watch This Thrill-Seeker Blast a Motorcycle Through the Russian Subway

Experience one man's wild ride down the stairs, along the platform, and back up the stairs again, all on a Motocross-style dirtbike.

AHEC

London's Confusing 'Endless Stair' Would Make M.C. Escher Proud

A public sculpture outside the Tate Modern plays screwy games with people's sense of perspective.

Reuters

The Warming Climate Could Scorch America's West

Globe-spanning belts of moisture are gradually moving north, spelling droughts for a bunch of new regions, say researchers.

Shane Gorski / Flickr

Two-Thirds of Americans Flush Public Toilets With Their Feet

Evolution gave us hands, but people are so afraid of germs in the bathroom they prefer to use feet, hips, and paper towels to touch things.

Watch a Houston Department Store Explode in Glorious Slow-Motion

This Sunday's demolition looked like a massive doughnut hole forming in the middle of a department store.

NOAA

An Intimidating Space View of the Misery-Sowing Hurricane Manuel

Looting, death, and a loose crocodile: Thanks to this Pacific tempest, life in Acapulco is not so sweet right now.

NASA

A Devastating Before/After Comparison of the Colorado Floods, Captured by Satellite

Following recent downpours, the South Platte River swelled so big that it consumed part of a city.

Bonnie Sizer

Yep, This Photo Pretty Much Sums Up Why Post-Flood Colorado Will Bounce Back

A knee-high morass of mud did not deter this Boulder man from enjoying his morning jog.

Here's Where You're Most Likely to Die From Air Pollution

A new NASA map of the planet lays out the depressing geographies of smog and premature death.

Michelle Berman-Kowalewski

This Dead Whale Is Helping Science in an Incredibly Gross Way

Researchers are studying its earwax to learn about human-made ocean pollution. Yes, there are photos.

The Ages of 1 Million New York Buildings, Mapped in Explosive Color

This could be the most detailed open-data map of urban gerontology in existence.

Patrick Blanc

The World's Tallest Vertical Garden Is Like a Niagara Falls of Plants

Parasitic vines and weeping shrubs cascade down the facade of a super-green, under-construction highrise in Sydney.