John Metcalfe

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Stop Petting Strangers' Dogs

It's not just for your own protection, dummy.

Idan Noyberg/Gal Bulka

Is This the Way to Find Privacy on Economy Flights?

It might make you look like a big, misanthropic baby, but this head sling for fliers promises solitude and comfort.

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Living Near Foreclosed Property Is Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure

Researchers say lender-owned foreclosures could be causing neighbors too much stress.  

India's Public Urinators Now Risk the Blast of a Firehose

Don't be caught with your pants down by the "Pissing Tanker."

Creative Time

Kara Walker's Sendoff for the Old Domino Sugar Plant: A Giant Sphinx

The artist built a 75-foot-long humanimal inside the soon-to-be-demolished refinery.

NASA

U.S. Forest Fires Are Likely to Get Yet More Frequent and Nightmarish

Development and climate change are creating the perfect conditions for widely destructive infernos.

MIT Media Lab

Where New Yorkers Have the Most Bike Crashes

Thousands of painful wrecks suggest that certain streets could use better safety measures.

Boulder Public Library

Boulder Officially Rejects Public Art Spelled in ALL CAPS

The city says "no" to an artwork that says, loudly, "YES!"

The Manholes Have Claimed Another Sacrificial Victim

One scooter rider had a very bad day.

Flickr

The U.S. Faces Longer Summers of Worsening Ozone Pollution

Scientists have linked a warmer climate to a 70 percent increase in unhealthy summertime ozone levels.

ioglo

Someone's Come Up With an Ashtray That Rewards Smokers for Not Littering

"Fumo" emits happy beeps and blipping lights anytime it's fed a cigarette butt.

Christopher Pham et al.

The Ocean Floor Is Littered with Humanity's Garbage

Researchers say they were "shocked" to find so much plastic, glass, and fishing equipment all over the seafloor.

Can You Guess Which U.S. States People Most Want to Flee?

Everybody wants to get out of Illinois and Connecticut, it seems, and nobody wants to leave Montana.

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San Francisco Sure Does Order a Lot of Cat Food

The Bay Area's online shoppers also show a rabid desire for toilet paper, protein powder, and (uhm) mayonnaise.

Associated Press

April Had a Record Number of Big Earthquakes

This year there was a typical pattern of quake activity up until the end of March, and then things went bonkers.

Associated Press

California's Metros Take the Prize for 2014's Most-Polluted U.S. Cities

But they're not alone: roughly half the nation lives with unhealthy concentrations of ozone or particulate pollution.

Wikipedia

New Evidence That Urban Water Pollution Is Harming Birds

Researchers have linked the polluted run-off from cities to hormonal problems in chicks.

Bike Polo Is a Lot More Violent Than You Might Imagine

A buffet of body checking, face plants, and butt-on-head brutality.

NOAA

NASA Sheds Light on This Week's Deadly Tornado Outbreak

A space-based animation shows how fierce storms are sowing destruction over the South.