John Metcalfe

A New Typeface Inspired by the Handwriting of the Homeless

"Homeless Fonts" is a Spanish project to turn hand-scrawled cardboard signs into charitable assistance.

My Hunt for the Next Four Loko

The corner stores near my home in Oakland, California, carry the craziest, cheapest alcoholic beverages I've ever seen. So I decided to try them all. 

The World Cup's Balls, If Flattened, Are Psychedelic Art

When laid out in two dimensions like world maps, these soccer ball patterns become seriously groovy.

How Detroit's Vacant Lots Could Help Allergy Sufferers

Allowing the city to gradually reforest itself, rather than occasionally mowing weeds, could reduce pollen counts.

Almost Half of Europe's Water Is Threatened by Pollution

The dismal results of the broadest-ever analysis of European waterways.

From NASA, the World Cup's 12 Cities Lit Up at Night

The space agency gives a highly detailed look at the tournament's vast geography.

A Bold Architectural Proposal to Get People to Eat Bugs

Stockholm designers want to get everybody eating crickets from giant "vermin farms" by 2018.

From Europe, a Beautifully Simple Concept for a Kick Scooter

The Pigeon folds with a foot press to carry on the shoulder like a lightweight rifle.

London Now Has a Robot Sculpture You Can Sleep In

For only $4,200, you too can pretend to be eaten by the Iron Giant.

Deforestation Is Making Fish Weak and Skinny

The loss of trees could eventually spell trouble for the human food chain, say researchers.

The Corrected Geography of the Proclaimers' '500 Miles'

Where the early 1990s Scottish rockers could walk, if they actually walked 500 miles and then 500 more.

Oregon's Wildfire Season Erupts Early and Angrily

The state's vegetation is as dry as if it was already July.

A High-Flying, Daredevil Tribute to the Boris Bike

Trick riders take a vertiginous journey high above the streets of London.

Where Bicycles Are Stolen in San Francisco

And these are only the ones that get reported. 

Now Even California's Fog Is Disappearing

The drought-hit state's vanishing Tule fog spells more trouble for farmers.

Frogs Have Learned to Cry for Sex in Urban Sewers

At least one species of tree frog is taking advantage of human-made underground infrastructure. 

Where in the World People Are Exercising

Marvel at these global heat maps of popular cycling and running routes.

How to Make Google-Glass Users Really Sad

Shut off their techno-goggles without them knowing how, or why.

Are Female-Named Hurricanes Really Deadlier?

A flawed study claims people tend to view feminized hurricanes as less risky and are therefore more likely to be killed by them.