John Metcalfe

A Fearlessly Crass Send-Off to a 650-Foot Smokestack

See if you can spot what went wrong in the media coverage of this Australian demolition.

The 'Polar Vortex' Is Coming Back. Again.

Next week will feature bone-freezing temperatures as low as 35 degrees below average.

Meet New York City's Unofficial Curator of Lost Stuff

Yoonjin Lee makes abandoned gloves and lip balm look like they're crying out for help.

Why the Aurora Borealis Was (Briefly) Visible in the Contiguous U.S.

An ongoing geomagnetic storm is sending shimmering waves of light deep into North America.

Fascinating Art Inspired by the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch'

Never has deadly marine debris looked so beautiful.

The Great Lake's Massive Ice Cap Could Bring a Cooler Summer

The expanding sheet could set a modern record for coverage.

The Heart-Shaped Cloud That Hovered Over Oregon

Weather geeks should enjoy this collection of nature celebrating Valentine's Day.

What If We Covered the Burj Khalifa in a Big Condom?

A surreal architectural proposal would encase the world's tallest skyscraper in a fabric sheath.

Snow Is on the Ground in 49 U.S. States

Only stubborn Florida is ruining that nation from being united in snow.

This Australian Wildfire Is as Big as Melbourne

It's not every day you see a conflagration of this titanic size.

Daredevil Russians Climb the World's Second-Tallest Skyscraper

And then because that wasn't enough, walk on a crane more than 2,000 feet above the pavement.

Now You Can Experience the Nasty Stench of Cities Throughout History

Sniffing around a new Bay Area exhibit devoted to the smells of places from the modern day to the Middle Ages.

A 'Catastrophic' Ice Storm Makes Its Way Across the South

This monstrous weather system is set to make history with the potential to knock out power for a week.

The 'Rocky' of Bridges Is Still Knocking Out Trucks

North Carolina's worst-designed underpass shows no signs of ending its automotive carnage.

Plastic Packing Bands Are Strangling Seals and Sea Lions

A common packing strap is responsible for more than half of Alaska's Stellar sea-lion entanglements.

Melbourne's Wildfires Look Absolutely Hellish

The land just north of the city looks like a raging ocean of flames.

This Is Maybe the Most Annoying Public Art 'Project' Ever

A cruel (if slightly amusing) prank on Paris's metro riders.

Portland's Bad-Weather Bike Ride Is Hobbled by (Surprise!) Bad Weather

Although it's not hobbling the city's unicycle aficionados, for what it's worth.

Seattle's Union Bay Might Get a Floating Sauna

You'd have to kayak out to use it, though.