John Metcalfe

An Addictive Tool Tracks the Explosive Expansion of the World's Megacities

Examining swelling urban borders over the past 100 years.

Drought Is Making California Shrink in Mass

There are "potentially dire consequences for the economic and food security of the United States."

What Public Signage Needs Is More Punching Bags

An intervention in Paris asks people to treat public spaces as private gyms.

Alexander Balchin

A Movable Skyscraper to Filter China's Nasty Air

This futuristic tower aims to use solar power to eliminate air pollution.

John Metcalfe

The Bay Area Graffiti Paradise Built on an Island of Garbage

The Albany Bulb was allegedly colonized by homeless sailors who covered it with strange art.

Climate Change Is Causing Dips in the Earth's Gravity

Satellites have picked up on vast gravitational shifts from melting Antarctic ice.

Associated Press

An Utterly Terrifying Risk Assessment of California's Next Big Earthquake

The worst-case scenario means endless fires, impotent rescue services, and no water for months.

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One of America's Most Famous Slow-Food Chefs Says Farm-to-Table 'Doesn't Really Work'

Dan Barber of New York's Blue Hill restaurant hammers on the blind spots of locally sourced eating.

Melanie Leigh Wilbur

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti: We Will Be the First City to Do Autonomous Vehicles Right

He says Angelenos "might not own cars" in as soon as a decade.

Jennifer Brundage/Duke University

More Evidence That Goats Are a Good Municipal Investment

Goats are better than herbicides when it comes to clearing weeds, say scientists.

John Metcalfe

Here's Your Wine Menu, Tonight's Specials, and Song Playlist

Restaurants in San Francisco are adding music to the list of nightly menus they produce for patrons.

Truly Capturing the Frenzy of New York's Streets

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's incredible composite images take hours to shoot and days to digitally manipulate.

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Will the Urban Tricycle Ever Be Cool?

Let's take a close look at the latest attempt to market a kid's toy to hip adults.

Bordalo II

One Man's Trash Is Another's Freaky Garbage Monster

Behold the immense, shambling Franken-animals of Lisbon artist Bordalo II.

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.