John Metcalfe

How to Ease Congestion in Manhattan? Pave Over the Hudson River

An improbable proposal from the 1930s would have joined New York to New Jersey with a new neighborhood built over water.

This Japanese Volcano Just Shot Ash 3 Miles Into the Air

A tremendous eruption this Sunday on Mount Sakurajima delayed trains and turned streets as dark as night.

Looking Down From Space at Shanghai's Awful Heat Island

As China suffers through its hottest summer on record, an immense and deadly bubble of heat builds above Shanghai.

This Art Gallery Is Only Visible Through a Peephole

The Savernack Street Gallery lies behind an inaccessible San Francisco storefront, and can be seen through an aperture about 0.5 inches wide.

These U.S. Cities Are the Safest Refuges From Natural Disasters

To get away from hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other calamities, relocate to lovely upstate New York or the fertile fields of Ohio.

Red Hook, Brooklyn: The Unlikely New Home of the Timber Industry?

Earnest plans for a new mixed-use project that look anywhere from a wooden-shutter factory to the barn of a giant Amish farmer.

Got a Complaint With the Government? Yell It Into This 8-Foot Ear

A hulking sculpture outside City Hall preserves popular citizen complaints and transforms unpopular ones into harmless music.

San Francisco Has a 'Transparent' Mural: Now You See It, Now You Don't

Stand at the perfect spot, and this trick-filled utility box blends seamlessly into the streetscape.

Severe Heat Waves Will Scorch Us Until At Least 2040, Say Climatologists

This generation is doomed to more frequent and extreme heat waves, but researchers say the next one can benefit if we act on emissions now.

Berlin's Wildly Fantastic 1,400-Foot-High, Hydra-Headed Windmill

Let's take a look back at the ambitious 1930s plan to erect this monstrosity over the city.

In California, Transgender Students Get a Big Bathroom Win

In other toilet news, Juggalo porta-potties are disgusting, a Japanese toilet is hackable, and a man allegedly bombs a gas-station commode with a skunk.

Weird Floating Space Balls: The Next Big Thing in Street Art?

Orbs of colorful plastic, action figures and LEDs are popping up throughout San Francisco like the interstellar disco balls.

Tracking This Year's Dismally Small Monarch Migration

The iconic butterflies are having a rough couple years, with declining populations likely due to extreme weather and habitat loss.

Hunting the Elusive Red Lightning Above Oklahoma City

Jason Ahrns searches at night for huge, mysterious eruptions of sparks that appear high over thunderstorms.

A Gloriously Offensive, Poop-Based Art Show Opens in San Francisco

This week, Bay Area art lovers were treated to paintings made from real animal poo "carefully hand-picked from local farms."

Figure Out If That IKEA Couch Matches Your Rug Before You Drag It Home

The furniture giant's 2014 catalog lets shoppers "place" virtual furniture around their homes. That idea was prophesied in 1999's Fight Club.

Tokyo Museum Unveils the Spookiest Art Exhibit We've Ever Seen

When was the last time your museum experience involved a painting you can climb into or disembodied eyes following you in a room?

Choking Clouds of Wildfire Smoke Sprawl Over Southern Oregon

Huge wildfires, aggravated by a bad drought, are sending acrid clouds of smoke into nearby cities.

Peek Inside This 'Cardboard Cathedral,' Which Can Withstand Earthquakes

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed the paper-based house of worship, for Christchurch.