John Metcalfe

St. Petersburg Moves To Outlaw Noisy Sex: This Week in Bans

Also, New York City cancels the livestream of a rebellious Rubber Room teacher, and Rhode Island pours grass killer on America's Lawn of Freedom.

Soon, South Africans Will Drink Treated Sewage Water

Plus, a terrorism memorial becomes a magnet for public urination and the location of a British town's death registry office is questioned.

The 'World's First Chainless E-Bike' Raises Some Questions

It's a bike that's built for people who hate bikes, basically.

A Water-Spewing Swing Set to Delight and Frighten Children

This hacked "Waterfall Swing" puts kids through dozens of rainstorms each minute.

Mapping New York's Hottest Jogging Routes

Using GPS technology implanted in shoes, artists envision the paths that runners love to tackle.

A Video Installation Designed To Terrify Arachnophobes

A German art show channels 1950s horror flicks with gigantic, scurrying spiders.

The Seattle Band Map Keeps Getting More Complicated

A crazy chart of the interconnectedness of Seattle musical acts since the 1960s is still being updated.

New York City's Skyscrapers Blast Off to Mars

A far-out music video, using actual NASA footage, imagines New York's architecture taking a journey through space.

Colorful, DIY Urban Neighborhoods ... for Birds

These makeshift shelters slap onto street poles with the help of magnets.

Belgrade Cancels Its Gay Pride Parade, Again: This Week in Bans

Also, Britain bans curves from school architecture and two chaps get exiled from an all-you-can-eat Mongolian restaurant.

Finland's Demographics, Translated Into High Cuisine

Immigration-rate lasagna, suicide soup and a "criminally stacked Russian salad": a look at the bizarre menu of Helsinki's Open Data Cooking Workshop.

A Jacket That Hugs You For Getting Facebook 'Likes'

Say hello to the saddest clothing in the world.

Is This Wall Talking To Me?

Russian artist Daria Makarenko slips hidden messages into the cracks of the city.

Sadly, Double Moons Will Not Rise Over Manhattan This Saturday

A Danish architecture firm's plan to hover twin lunar orbs in the sky didn't get enough funding.

A Look Back at 1951's 'Big Squirt,' California's Improbable Drought Remedy Concept

Why not use a network of cannons to shoot water to parched farms? Oh, right – for lots of reasons.

Indian Trains Will No Longer Dump Human Waste Onto the Tracks

Also, a look at Singapore's intense campaign to reform dag-nasty bathrooms.

Smartphones As Bicycle Lights: Still Not Catching On

The latest entrant claims to be more convenient than a standard bike-safety light, but we've got a few concerns.

In Amsterdam, a Tale of Love and Killer Robots

Nerds crowdsource a sci-fi adventure that imagines the city as a post-apocalyptic wonderland.

The Bed Tent: A Solution for Nosy Roommates?

Many city dwellers might not realize they need a bed tent. They're probably correct.