John Metcalfe

Let's Give the World Clean Energy With Cow Vests

The "Cowolt" would use cattle's body heat to charge phones and lamps.

The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction

The bladeless "Windwheel" would have a hotel and an odd kind of roller coaster.

An Extremely Detailed Geography of Climate Change Beliefs

Who's most worried about global warming in America?

Mapping Winter's Last Gasp in America

When will the last freezing day occur in your neck of the woods?

This Water-Generating Billboard Actually Grows Vegetables

Now you can have your roadside advertising and eat it, too.

Leave It to Denmark to Make a Sleek, Solar-Powered, Electric Bicycle

The Solar Bike can purr for 40 miles on sustainable energy.

The Drought Is Making Bay Area Water Taste Dreadful

Could the smelly stuff coming from the tap be standard in the future?

Inside the Push to Put Climate Change Warnings on Gas Pumps

The Bay Area wants to apply the tobacco-labeling approach to fuel.

The Bay Area Plans a Free Library Built out of Books

The literary temple offers free books and an experience akin to being stuffed inside a giant hardback.

A Grimly Fascinating Map of Toxic Spills in Brooklyn

The borough is splattered with escaped pollutants like oil, paint, raw sewage, and mystery blood.

This Oakland Sculpture Changes Color to Suit the Weather

Its chameleon surface is reportedly similar to currency's anticounterfeiting paint.

Something's Not Right with San Francisco's New iPhone Ads

But pranksters, not Apple, are behind the hilariously ugly selfies.

China's Notorious Smog Gets a Weird Musical Tribute

Three years of air-quality readings in Beijing are mixed into this unsettling track.

Visualizing More Than 80 Million Lightning Strikes

This super-stormy map shows just one month of worldwide electrical violence.

A Precarious Bus Sculpture Inspired by 'The Italian Job'

It's both an unsettling illusion and massive movie spoiler.

Win the Night With This Dress Made From 192 BART Fare Tickets

Express your love for Bay Area transit by wearing little pieces of it.

How the Warming Climate Is Transforming Your Garden

Planting zones (and pests and invasive species) are ever-more marching northward.

Play This London Fountain Like the Classic Video Game 'Snake'

Or just use it to chase children around—your choice.

Where's the 'Dreariest' Place in America?

Gloomy cities with tons of rain and clouds include Seattle, Portland, and Buffalo.