John Metcalfe

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.

Bruno Imbrizi

Explore the London Underground With This Awesome 3-D Simulation

"Mind the Gap" takes advantage of open data to present a rotating, zoomable, ambient-noise-inflected model of London's train system.

Sukpaiboonwat / Shutterstock.com

People Are Less Likely to Recycle Stuff That's Crumpled, Cut Apart, or Deformed

The weird psychology of deciding what to do with your trash.

Artist Turns London's Garbage Piles Into Bizarre Monsters

With bright paint and an eye out for the police, Francisco de Pájaro transforms street rubbish into hilarious googly-eyed freaks.

Deborah Kolb / Shutterstock.com

Heroic Australian Scientists Try to Make a Hangover-Proof Beer

Why let stupid biology dictate our beer drinking, when we can just switch to an experimental hydrating brewski?

Chicago Has Loads of Surreal, Never-Built Visionary Architecture

Behold the Sears Tower deconstructed into flaccid tubes, a Mies van der Rohe building sunk in Lake Michigan, and other incredible concepts.

Modern Mechanix

How to Ease Congestion in Manhattan? Pave Over the Hudson River

An improbable proposal from the 1930s would have joined New York to New Jersey with a new neighborhood built over water.

This Japanese Volcano Just Shot Ash 3 Miles Into the Air

A tremendous eruption this Sunday on Mount Sakurajima delayed trains and turned streets as dark as night.

NASA

Looking Down From Space at Shanghai's Awful Heat Island

As China suffers through its hottest summer on record, an immense and deadly bubble of heat builds above Shanghai.

Carrie Katz

This Art Gallery Is Only Visible Through a Peephole

The Savernack Street Gallery lies behind an inaccessible San Francisco storefront, and can be seen through an aperture about 0.5 inches wide.

Reuters

These U.S. Cities Are the Safest Refuges From Natural Disasters

To get away from hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other calamities, relocate to lovely upstate New York or the fertile fields of Ohio.

Red Hook, Brooklyn: The Unlikely New Home of the Timber Industry?

Earnest plans for a new mixed-use project that look anywhere from a wooden-shutter factory to the barn of a giant Amish farmer.