John Metcalfe

Climate Change Is Directly Responsible for Killing Baby Penguins

Torrential downpours and abnormal heat could kill nearly half of penguin chicks in a single year, say researchers.

A Poignant Love Letter to New York's Chewed Sidewalk Gum

An artist pays respect to the victims of the Japanese tsunami with cute, heart-shaped gum wads.

The 1969 Oil Spill That Launched the Modern Environmental Movement

Scientists at NOAA have updated the environmental catastrophe for today's media-hungry, GIS-loving audience.

It Snowed in Atlanta, and Things Got Pretty Nuts

Intense gridlock trapped some people inside cars for 7-plus hours.

Actually, the Sochi Olympics Does Not Have a 'Double Toilet'

Russians aren't that weird when it comes to using the bathroom, it seems.

This One Satellite Video Shows All the Weather of 2013

The year's major weather events are all crammed into eight minutes of entrancing footage.

The Tom Waits Map of the World

Mining the musician's lyrics to find out where, exactly, "all the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes."

Japan's Drivers Must Obey Creepy Traffic Robots

Entering a construction zone in Tokyo can involve interactions with waving, dead-eyed humanoids.

Los Angeles Is Overdue for a More Powerful Earthquake Than We Thought

Supercomputers reveal a natural channel in the earth that could bring potent shaking to the megacity.

A Year of Automotive Mayhem for St. Louis's Red-Light Runners

The city's inability to stop on red is shown in this wince-worthy highlight reel of 2013 crashes.

Behold, the Bizarre Mash-Up of a Vespa and a Segway

It has all the ridiculousness of the Segway, and none of the romanticism of the classic Italian scooter.

At Least Today's Weather Isn't as Bad as Michigan's 1938 'Storm of the Century'

The snow piled so high you could touch telephone wires.

Europe Gets Struck by Urban-Generated 'Light Pillars'

Looking like laser lights from a Metallica concert, this is not your typical aurora borealis.

Watch the Earth Warm Since 1880 in This Fascinating Animation

Nine of the 10 hottest years on record all occurred after 2000, says NASA.

Australia Should Probably Get Used to These Devastating Heat Waves

Climate change will mean more frequent and more powerful El Niños, say researchers.

The Drones Can Stay as Long as They Deliver Our Beer

Inside one German man's obsession with building a booze-delivering UAV.

How the Western World Enables China's Air Pollution

Americans and Europeans are partly to blame for the smog floating over the Pacific, say researchers.

This Warped Map Shows Global Warming's Biggest Offenders

International boundaries look a lot different when you judge a country by its greenhouse-gas emissions.

It's Hot Enough in Australia to Melt a Chocolate Lindt Ball

Here's a new take on the old frying-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk trick.