John Metcalfe

Why Is the Baltimore Harbor Suddenly Murky White and Full of Dead Fish?

A mysterious (and disgusting) change in the appearance of the harbor water has locals scratching their heads.

Making Cities More Bird-Friendly With Nesting Bricks

Aaron Dunkerton wants to aid Britain's threatened sparrows by sheltering them in the fabric of urban architecture.

Watch 10 Years of Public Transit Ridership Growth in This Blobby, Pulsating Map

In this unusual visualization, America's steady user rise is shown as a sea of swollen red discoids.

Want to Avoid Scotland's Pesky Insect Hordes? There's an App for That

With "Midge Forecast," Scots can safely navigate their way around clouds of teensy biting flies.

Demolition of the Day: Fort Lauderdale Really Loved This Exploded Power Plant

Locals who watched the Tuesday morning demolition of a oil-burning plant mourned the loss of its fetching, candy-cane-striped smokestacks.

Air Pollution Kills More Than 2 Million a Year

But silver lining: This scourge isn't being worsened much by that other anthropogenic menace, climate change.

San Francisco's Bus and Rail Operators Demand Private Bathrooms (on Public Space)

All the news that's fit to print about toilets.

Los Angeles Man's Chandelier Tree Is a 'Magical Playground'

Circus worker Adam Tenenbaum's front yard has become a neighborhood gathering place due to one really weird art tree.

A Beautiful, Bewitching Map of Portland's Aging Buildings

Justin Palmer takes a digital chainsaw to Portland and shows the world its rings.

Let's Just Pretend This Doesn't Exist: 3D Printed Poop

Credit an Israeli designer for giving Tel Aviv its most revolting art project, ever.

Vancouver Bans Coal – Let's See How That Goes

Your weekly look at all the stuff our elected leaders are outlawing.

And the Cities That Brew the Best Beer in America Are...

Results from the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship suggest that Wisconsin is totally killing it, suds-wise.

In an Alternate Universe, America's Highways Are Paved in Rubber

Faced with crumbling roads, a crack team of researchers proposed a bold rejiggering of asphalt.

Here's Something We All Can Believe In: The 'Church of Beer'

Party people in Denmark built this house of holy brewskies from empty cans.

137 World Landmarks in One Picture, and Other Crazy Google Maps Art

The Bay Area's Jenny Odell creates maddeningly complex sets of similar structures, like stadiums, nuclear plants and cargo ships.

Major Thunderstorms Plow Into Toronto, Flood the Streets

A sluggish and mean horde of storms on Monday evening put cars underwater in Ontario.

This Huge Land Stain Near Calgary Was Made by Hail

A ferocious storm this weekend left a trail of hail 75 miles long in Alberta.

The Best (and First?) Sci-Fi Novel Ever Set in a Wastewater Treatment Plant

An "ancient evil" has awoken in the Bay Area and is making life hell for sewage workers, according to a new novel by a real-life sewage professional.

A Closer Look at Portland's Giant, Carnivorous Street Lights

Four monstrous pitcher plants light up a new pedestrian pathway downtown ... if anybody's brave enough to use it, that is.