John Metcalfe

The Arctic 'Steam Fog' Over the Great Lakes, Seen From Space

An escaped chunk of the Polar Vortex caused this weird-looking mass emanation of vapors.

It Will Be Hard to Beat China's Latest Food Contamination Scandal

A slaughterhouse injects meat with water from dirty ponds.

Beefing Up Population Density Won't Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A new map showing the carbon footprint for nearly every zip code indicates that suburbs are powerful greenhouse-gas emitters.

Stand in Awe of Tokyo's $100 Melons

Should you eat it, or put it in a museum?

A Praiseworthy Map of America's Heavenly Place Names

Urban areas show a noticeable trend toward god-revering place names.

The Latest NOAA Map Shows Most of the Northeast Blanketed in Snow

The National Weather Service has broken down predicted snowfalls for the coming blizzard.

This Bike Suit Makes You Look Like a Marvel Superhero

Or it will make you look like a glowing reject from the Tron universe, one or the other.

San Francisco Wants You to Fall in Love With Its Sewer System

Why the city is putting toilet-humor ads on public buses, like "Your #2 is my #1" and "No one deals with more crap than I do."

Minneapolis Real Estate Agents Are Highly Amused by the Defacing of their Ads

In a weird Multiplicity-esque project, an artist is changing realtors' bus-stop advertisements to feature his own face.

The Forgotten History of How Cities Almost Killed the Common Squirrel

At last, historians have charted the great "squirrel experiments" of the 1800s, which saved the humble creature from urban extinction.

The Littlest Ice Skating Rink in Tokyo Is Very Small Indeed

Attended by skating instructors, the wee rink measures less than 10 feet across.

This High-Tech Bike Is Actually a Mobile Pollution-Fighting Factory

When you pedal it, the Bangkok Air-Purifier Bike supposedly removes nasty stuff from the atmosphere.

A Trance-Inducing Simulation of All the Winds In the World

"Earth" relies on supercomputers to paint an almost real-time picture of the atmosphere's feverish churning.

The Freak Middle Eastern Snowstorm, Seen from Space

Looking at the aftermath of an unusually intense snow that swamped Syria, Jerusalem, Lebanon, and elsewhere.

This Japanese Holiday Light Show Is a Wonder to Behold

The LED-dripping Mount Fuji is almost as spectacular as the real mountain.

My Geographic 'Center of Gravity' Is Pulling Me to a Nebraska Cemetery

That's the last time I use this weird mapping tool, which determines your "midpoint" based on all the places you've ever lived.

Meet the Sexy Ladies of the '2014 Bike Date Calendar'

But they're not into you – they're all about their cycles.

Australia's First Filmed Traffic Accident, Circa 1905

Lesson: Always look both ways when egressing from the steam-biscuit factory.

The Oceans Are Vibrating With Humanity's 'Background Hum'

These maps show how shipping vessels are creating loud neighborhoods for oceans and the animals that live there.