John Metcalfe

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Every American Killed by Lightning So Far in 2014 Has Been Male

Sometimes Mother Nature can be so sexist.

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How Climate Change Will Lead to More Deadly Stagnant-Air Days

Many regions, including the U.S, are expected to experience yet more frequent "still-air events" later this century.

A Handful of São Paulo Trash Cans Got a World-Cup Makeover

Several of them now look like squat men carrying garbage bins as backpacks. Here's why.

AP/Mark 'Storm' Farnik

Can We Stop Tornadoes by Building a Giant Wall?

It's maybe not such a dumb idea. 

Data Cuisine

Turning Demographic Data Into Delicious Food

To learn the sorry state of affairs of youth employment in Spain, try the "Unemployed Pan con Tomate."

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A New Typeface Inspired by the Handwriting of the Homeless

"Homeless Fonts" is a Spanish project to turn hand-scrawled cardboard signs into charitable assistance.

John Metcalfe

My Hunt for the Next Four Loko

The corner stores near my home in Oakland, California, carry the craziest, cheapest alcoholic beverages I've ever seen. So I decided to try them all. 

NOAA

The World Cup's Balls, If Flattened, Are Psychedelic Art

When laid out in two dimensions like world maps, these soccer ball patterns become seriously groovy.

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How Detroit's Vacant Lots Could Help Allergy Sufferers

Allowing the city to gradually reforest itself, rather than occasionally mowing weeds, could reduce pollen counts.

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Almost Half of Europe's Water Is Threatened by Pollution

The dismal results of the broadest-ever analysis of European waterways.

Marit Jentoft-Nilsen/Robert Simmon/NASA

From NASA, the World Cup's 12 Cities Lit Up at Night

The space agency gives a highly detailed look at the tournament's vast geography.

Belatchew Arkitekter

A Bold Architectural Proposal to Get People to Eat Bugs

Stockholm designers want to get everybody eating crickets from giant "vermin farms" by 2018.

From Europe, a Beautifully Simple Concept for a Kick Scooter

The Pigeon folds with a foot press to carry on the shoulder like a lightweight rifle.

London Now Has a Robot Sculpture You Can Sleep In

For only $4,200, you too can pretend to be eaten by the Iron Giant.

Andrew Tanentzap

Deforestation Is Making Fish Weak and Skinny

The loss of trees could eventually spell trouble for the human food chain, say researchers.

The Corrected Geography of the Proclaimers' '500 Miles'

Where the early 1990s Scottish rockers could walk, if they actually walked 500 miles and then 500 more.

Jim Hansen/Central Oregon Fire Management Service

Oregon's Wildfire Season Erupts Early and Angrily

The state's vegetation is as dry as if it was already July.

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A High-Flying, Daredevil Tribute to the Boris Bike

Trick riders take a vertiginous journey high above the streets of London.

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Where Bicycles Are Stolen in San Francisco

And these are only the ones that get reported.