John Metcalfe

NASA/ISS

A Nighttime Mystery Over the Biggest Cities in Texas

See if you can spot all the different light sources in this International Space Station image.

John Metcalfe

The Bay Area Survived Its First Morning Without a Metro

The BART strike made for a crowded commute, but not a nightmare.

Oriental Bird Club

How a New Bird Species Was Discovered Right in the Middle of Phnom Penh

The Cambodian tailorbird somehow managed to elude detection for years, despite being loud and annoying.

Robbi / Shutterstock.com

The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.

The Atlantic Cities

San Francisco's City Hall Is Now a Technicolor Rainbow

Never has a hub of governance looked so fabulous.

REUTERS

London Has an Impossibly Weird House That Defies Physics

OK, who dropped acid into England's water supply?

Pauline van Dongen/Vimeo

Say Hello to Solar-Paneled Clothing That Charges Your Phone

This "Wearable Solar" clothing allegedly can restore half of a phone's power when worn in bright sunlight.

Becky Stern/Adafruit

A Helmet That Automatically Steers You to the Nearest Bike-Share Station

New Yorkers can mount this thing on their heads and never worry about finding a Citi Bike dock again.

The Supermoon, as Seen From Cities Around the World

This was the largest and brightest the moon will look until August 2014.

NASA

Aerial Views Show Just How Awful the Fire-Smog Over Singapore Has Become

And this could go on for several weeks.

Bjorn Stefanson / Shutterstock.com

Some People Are Really Upset About the Los Angeles Plastic Bag Ban

Your weekly roundup of what cities are banning around the world.

Takeshi Miyakawa

Your Bruised Shins Might Hate You For This 'Invisible Furniture'

Let me just walk across the room to get that – OUCH!

The Devastating Impact of 30 Years of Sprawl, As Seen From Space

The lightning pace of world urbanization is on display in these animated GIFs of Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hong Kong and other exploding metropolises.

Hyuro

Copenhagen's Gigantic New Mural Works Like a Flip-Book

The painting covers nearly 900 feet and looks like an animation to people driving by.

Closca

Foldable Bike Helmets: Will They Ever Get Off the Ground?

The company behind this "Turtle" helmet, which folds down to half its size, promises it will become part of the urban cyclists’ way of life.

Earthquake Creates Weird Lightshow Over Mexico City

The electrical infrastructure in Mexico's capital did not respond happily to Sunday morning's quake.

The Atlantic Cities

Somebody in San Francisco's Public Works Department Is Awesome

A municipal arborist whittled this damaged tree into a street chair for the neighborhood.

NCDC/NOAA

Good News, You're Not Paranoid! 2012 Really Was a Historically Bad Year for Weather Disasters

All in all, the U.S. suffered 11 meteorological calamities costing $1 billion or more.

Johan Wieland / Flickr

Beating Horses To Make Them Go Into the Ocean: Not Cool

Also, Malibu considers outlawing rat poison and another Mexican city bans bullfighting.