John Metcalfe

The Worst Wildfires in a Decade Pour Acrid Smoke Over Sydney

There are roughly 100 blazes popping in southeastern Australia, making the sky almost as black as night.

Watch Manhattan Grow Over a Century Like a Massive Pile of LEGOs

A computer-generated visualization shows the island sprouting buildings that eventually clump together in one great clot of concrete.

Mapping the World's Deadliest Roads

Unsafe roads and driving laws allow the global traffic-death rate to remain "unacceptably high," according to the World Health Organization.

This Heat-Sensing Helicopter Can Find Your Illicit Marijuana-Grow House

British police busted an apartment-tower grow operation after noticing its heat signature through the walls.

New York Could Get a Classroom Inside a Dumpster

The proposed learning center looks like a blimp got stuck in a rubbish bin.

Know About 'Ghost Bikes'? Austin Has a Levitating 'Ghost Tree'

Since 2001, more than 300 million trees in Texas have perished due to insufficient rainfall and human water usage.

This Map Shows Where in the World People Are Dying and Being Born

See the age-old dance of death and life in this simulation of how the world's overall population is always changing.

Hunting Detroit's Masterworks of Architecture Before They Go Extinct

Photographer Philip Jarmain has spent years slipping into Detroit's historically significant abandoned spaces, now prey to scrap thieves, fire bombers, and municipal bulldozers.

The Immediate Climate Threat Isn't Rising Sea Levels, It's Water Scarcity

A billion people could lose easy access to water by the end of the century, triggering mass migrations, food shortages, and wars.

Austin's Airport Is Full of Dive-Bombing Bats

Bruce Wayne would feel exceptionally at home inside this Transylvania-style airport.

Zaha Hadid's New Library in Vienna Looks Like a Looming Deathship

A Star Destroyer from George Lucas's fevered imagination, perhaps?

Americans Smoke 139,000 Cigarettes Every 15 Seconds (And They're All in This Painting)

Chris Jordan warns against the environmental consequences of throwing away more than a trillion cigarette butts annually.

Botched German Demolition Leaves Building Looking Karate-Chopped

A falling block of concrete weighing several tons cleaved this building in two, making it look like Stonehenge.

The Daily Diets of Different Nations, Squeezed Into One Awesome Chart

The United States and China eat the most meat, and poorer nations tend to subsist on cereals and starchy roots.

A Devious App That Tricks You Into Destroying Your Phone

There's a good reason that "Send Me To Heaven" has been banned from the Apple Store.

A Delightfully Trippy Map of Every Single Building in The Netherlands

The ages of Dutch structures are shown as glorious, prismatic blasts in this obsessively detailed map.

Car Exhaust Is Confusing Honeybees to Death

Something in diesel fumes is preventing bees from finding their chief source of food, and that's not good for humanity's future.

This Robotic, Self-Propelling Airplane Suitcase Is Utterly Ridiculous

This sad luggage can't climb stairs and will phone you like a needy friend if you outrun it.

These Massive Data Facilities Could Be Targets of Government Spying

The physical infrastructure of the Internet presents tantalizing targets for the NSA and other eavesdropping agencies.