John Metcalfe

35 Years of Shrinking Arctic Ice, All in One Graphic

The fingerprint of climate change is as visible here as the big letters on an eye chart.

Omer Shapira/Surya Mattu

This Horrible Speaker Plays Nothing Except U2

It's like the new iTunes, yet somehow worse.

Paula Bronstein/Annenberg Space for Photography

How Designers Are Responding to Rising Sea Levels

A haunting photo exhibit shows the steps people are taking to adapt to the angry ocean.

NWS St. Louis

A Strange Cloud Over St. Louis Turns Out to Be an Enormous Swarm of Butterflies

In a weird twist, the swarm itself resembles a huge butterfly.

An Insanely Detailed, Hand-Drawn Map of San Francisco

It took illustrator Jenni Sparks three months to finish this secret-laden cartography.

NCDC

This Was the Warmest August in Known History

Much of this worrisome heat is coming from the oceans.

What a Biblical-Style Flood Could Mean for Washington, D.C.

How rising sea levels might overwhelm homes and military bases in the nation's capital.

AirVR/Kickstarter

Finally, a Way to Strap an iPad Directly to Your Face

The AirVR brings virtual reality closer than ever.

How About a Crosswalk Light that Dances?

The makers of this gyrating Do Not Cross signal say it reduces jaywalking by 81 percent.

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Antarctic Sea Ice Hits a Record Max, and That's Not Good

The increase in ice may actually be a sign the warming continent is in trouble.

Hail a New York Taxi, Get a High Five Instead

A random beardo is spreading surprise high fives all over the city.

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Americans Who Carry Concealed Weapons Keep Accidentally Shooting Themselves in Public Bathrooms

This year's list of incidents includes an Italian restaurant, a prosecutor's office, a Target, a Burger King ...

The Heavy Projects on Vimeo

This App Transforms Subway Ads Into Fine Art

Make your commute a "curated art experience" through augmented reality.

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Americans' Waistlines Are Growing Ever Larger

Possible reasons include sleep deprivation and medication, says a new study.

UFO on Facebook

China Considers an Immense Skyscraper Shaped Like a Cloud

The strange-looking structure would be the second-tallest building on earth.

Courtney Hatt/Facebook

Behold, Designs for the First Permanent Cat Cafe in the U.S.

A preview of the forthcoming KitTea cafe in San Francisco.

Reuters

Who's Willing to Pay for Renewable Energy?

More results from our State of the City poll.

Eleanor Lutz/Mapbox

Every City Is the Death Star With This 'Space Station' Map Skin

One woman's tribute to her favorite post-apocalyptic, science-fiction worlds.

An Endearingly Cranky Tour of Street Typography

Designer James Victore has a lot of strong opinions about the dumb fonts employed by local businesses.