John Metcalfe

These Galoshes Fold Up to Fit in a Bag

"Sardines" collapse down to just a fifth their full size.

This Perspective-Skewing Public Artwork Encompasses 99 Buildings

To put it all together, you'll have to trek to a vantage point on top of a Belgian hotel.

Ocean Acidification Could Be Creating Friendless Fish

As CO2 levels rise, coral-reef fish seem to lose the ability to recognize each other.

The Grotesque Glory of Blackpool's Stag and Hen Parties

Street photographer Dougie Wallace embedded himself in the lewd, bloody bashes of England's worst bachelor-party destination.

A Reality Check on the Hottest Times of Year Across America

Mapping when temperatures hit the max all over the U.S.

Perhaps You'd Prefer a Bike Horn That Yells at People

When a simple "ding" is not enough.

Every American Killed by Lightning So Far in 2014 Has Been Male

Sometimes Mother Nature can be so sexist.

How Climate Change Will Lead to More Deadly Stagnant-Air Days

Many regions, including the U.S, are expected to experience yet more frequent "still-air events" later this century.

A Handful of São Paulo Trash Cans Got a World-Cup Makeover

Several of them now look like squat men carrying garbage bins as backpacks. Here's why.

Can We Stop Tornadoes by Building a Giant Wall?

It's maybe not such a dumb idea. 

Turning Demographic Data Into Delicious Food

To learn the sorry state of affairs of youth employment in Spain, try the "Unemployed Pan con Tomate."

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.