John Metcalfe

Pre-Ground Coffee Can Contain Corn, Soybeans, Twigs, Dirt

That's the unappetizing news from researchers analyzing java's chemistry.

John Fowler

Tonight's Perseid Meteor Shower Should Be Visible in Even the Most Light-Polluted Cities

The best shower of the year is known for its intense, colorful "fireballs."

mmmm...

Baltimore Gets a Giant Bus Stop Shaped Like the Word 'Bus'

But how do you get to the top part of the big B?

The Bike Design Project

This Is Supposedly the Urban Bike of the Future

If trends continue, we'll all soon be riding extremely well-designed mopeds.

Flash Invaders/iTunes

The Hardest Video Game in History Is About Street Art

To thoroughly win, you'll need to actually go visit every continent. 

internets_dairy/Flickr

Cigarette Butts: Fodder for the Future's Green Tech?

Korean researchers may have uncovered an innovative use for tar-stained filters.

James Haseltine/Oregon Air National Guard

The Drought-Ravaged West Sprouts a Massive Pyrocumulus

This stunning cloud was caused by updrafts from wildfires.

VivaLnk

Too Lazy to Unlock Your Phone? Try This 'Digital Tattoo'

Press your phone against this creepy skin patch instead of fumbling with that pesky code.

RBD Enterprises

City Maps Made by Judgmental Jerks

These fearlessly biased maps point out areas of "religious wackadoodles," "white guilt," and "Kardashian watchers."

Shutterstock.com

This App Generates Hidden-Message Orbs Your Friends Must Physically Locate

Designed by brain scientists, "Traces" seeks to make messaging more meaningful.

tEdits/Flickr

Craft Beer Drinkers: Be Wary of 'Exploding Swill'

"One piece of glass flew into someone's open mouth," reports a man attacked by beer.

CityLab

The Bay Area's Worst Bike Ride Is Also Its Best

This ride's for you (if you like hulking seafaring machines and a Superfund site).

Dan/Wikimedia

Gelatinous Sea Creatures Storm San Francisco

Squishy, intergalactic-looking "hydroid polyps" have washed up on beaches by the thousands.

Blitzortung

Crowdsourcing Lightning Strikes Actually Works Pretty Well

A Dusseldorf-based network has linked more than 800 low-priced lightning detectors around the globe.

Climate Central

How Much Hotter Will Your City Be in 2100?

An interactive map shows the predicted high temperatures in 1,001 U.S. cities and towns.

When Cooling Towers Get Demolished, They Produce Mammoth Smoke Rings

It's like they're occupied by cigar-sucking giants.

Amy McGovern

The U.S. Cities With the Worst Climate Change-Related Flooding

Rising sea levels have kicked up flood days by as much as 900 percent along parts of the East Coast.

Stein Tronstad

Thanks to Us, Antarctica Has Lead Poisoning

Industrial pollution reached the South Pole long before the first explorers arrived there in 1911.

Adam Dale/North Carolina State University

Urban Heat Islands Are Helping Kill Trees

The warmer conditions cities create make plant-eating pests thrive.