John Metcalfe


Cleveland's Weather Radar Picks Up a Giant Ball of Bugs

Close your mouths, everyone.


Don't Hold Out Much Hope for This 'Real, Rideable' Hoverboard

The Lexus prototype isn’t yet practical for the skate park.


Germany Slaps This Weird Car Sculpture With a Parking Ticket

The citation was for “Gross Violation of Physical Laws.”

Julian Braun

Poll: What Limits Should We Impose on Drones?

Is it okay to use quadcopters for advertising, traffic management, or police surveillance?


A Space-Based View of 2015's 'Hyperactive' Hurricane Season

The last time three eastern-Pacific hurricanes developed this early was 1956.

Bob Larson

Gape at Some of America's Best Weather Photography

Here are the winners of NOAA’s “Weather in Focus” photo contest.

DuClaw Brewing

Cleveland Can't Handle a Beer Called 'Sweet Baby Jesus'

A grocery chain pulled the messianic brew after customer complaints.

Debbie Heenan

Southern California Is Visited by a 'Blanket' of Tiny Red Crabs

Welcome to the “crabocalypse.”

Kiulia et al.

Thank You, Science, for This Map of Fecal Viruses

Developing nations have problems with sewage in the water—but so do L.A. and New Jersey.

Fintan Magee

The 'Australian Banksy' Strikes With a Gigantic Optical Illusion

The mural only makes sense from a certain angle.

Karen X. Cheng

A Dance Tribute to San Francisco's Painful Hills

The city’s notorious slopes are great for doing “gravity illusions.”

Xiao Zhu

A Chinese Anti-Smog Campaign Shows Children Crying in a Haze

The ghostly kids look like they’re suffocating in smoke.


This Incredible Storm Shadow Stretches From Tennessee to Alabama

A well-placed thunderstorm created a dark and seemingly infinite path in the sky.

Park Hack et al.

London Builds a Co-Working Space in a Tree

The free-range office trend reaches new heights of ridiculousness.

The Straightest Roads in the World Are in Midwest America

One man’s attempt at mapping the “bendyness” of the planet’s pavement.

SDOT / SvR Design / Olson Kundig Architects

Seattle's Future Alleys Look Like Paradise

The city looks to the dank gaps between buildings for “vibrant new spaces.”


Portland Debuts Rain-Themed 'Creative Crosswalks'

It’s not just being weird this time—there’s a safety value to the new crossings.

The Yard Bar & Kitchen

A Giant Horde of Bees Visits a British Beer Garden

There were “thousands and thousands and thousands.”

KRANX Powerstik

This Guy Invented a Cordless Drill-Powered Skateboard

Use a simple Black & Decker to scoot along for miles—or install drywall, your choice.