John Metcalfe

NASA

A Giant Vortex of Wildfire Smoke Is Hovering Over Russia

The skies are clouded with ashy gas that's pouring from thousands of acres of burning plants.

Harsh Drought Is Drying Up New Mexico's Largest Reservoir

The Elephant Butte Reservoir is at its lowest level in four decades, which is not good news for El Paso residents who rely on it for water.

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Even in Big Cities With Light Pollution, the Moon Influences Our Sleep Cycles

A full moon can cause nights of shorter, worse sleep, according to European researchers.

This Stop-Motion Film Required 8 Months of Portland Street Art

Hundreds of wheat-pastes tell the weird tale of a man and his magical, pointy stick.

Brooklyn Historical Society

This Is What Brooklyn's Transit System Looked Like a Century Ago

Even around 1918, the public-transit system in New York was fairly robust.

Reuters

The Atmospheric 'Rivers' That Explain Why Flooding Has Gotten So Vicious

Imagine the amount of water pouring out the mouth of the Mississippi River, times 15. That's what these things move through the air over time.

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Cities Might Not Be as Prepared as They Think for a Bioterrorism Attack

Smallpox maliciously released in London would spread to several countries before governments could intervene, a new model predicts.

Mark Byrnes

How Squirrels, Pigeons, and Rats Are All Smarter Than You

A field guide to the surprising mental abilities of the most common animals living among us.

Greg Thow

The Story Behind That Incredible Photo of Denver's Colossal Cloud

Believe it or not, little digital trickery was involved in the making this image of a monster cumulonimbus dominating Denver.

Cell

Human Cells Have a Structure Shaped Like a Parking Garage

Scientists have finally visualized the endoplasmic reticulum, and it looks a place where we'd forget where we left our cars.

Herbert Baglione

Italian City Gets Super-Creepy Art Inside an Abandoned Mental Hospital

Herbert Baglione's loathsome shadow-creatures sprout from old wheelchairs and slide into darkened rooms in this fantastically atmospheric intervention.

This Glasgow Demolition Could Also Be a Gnarly Music Video

You're not born to rock unless you can do it from the center of a choking cloud of demolition dust.

Here's How Wickedly, Deadly Hot America's Been This Week

On Friday, New York's power grid experienced its busiest day ever as miserable, sweaty people blasted their air conditioning.

Thierry Ehrmann / Flickr

Edward Snowden, Pop Art Icon

Graffiti and street artists around the world find their latest inspiration in the beleaguered NSA whistleblower.

Why Is the Baltimore Harbor Suddenly Murky White and Full of Dead Fish?

A mysterious (and disgusting) change in the appearance of the harbor water has locals scratching their heads.

Making Cities More Bird-Friendly With Nesting Bricks

Aaron Dunkerton wants to aid Britain's threatened sparrows by sheltering them in the fabric of urban architecture.

Watch 10 Years of Public Transit Ridership Growth in This Blobby, Pulsating Map

In this unusual visualization, America's steady user rise is shown as a sea of swollen red discoids.

CDC / Wikipedia

Want to Avoid Scotland's Pesky Insect Hordes? There's an App for That

With "Midge Forecast," Scots can safely navigate their way around clouds of teensy biting flies.

Demolition of the Day: Fort Lauderdale Really Loved This Exploded Power Plant

Locals who watched the Tuesday morning demolition of a oil-burning plant mourned the loss of its fetching, candy-cane-striped smokestacks.