John Metcalfe

Tseng Yi-Wen

Cigarette Designs Intended to Trick Smokers Into Quitting

Could these surreal alternatives help people find a healthier lifestyle?

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Being Poor Can Also Affect the Type of Cancer You Get

Living in poverty is associated with higher-mortality cancers, say scientists.

We Might Just Get Lucky and See a Mild 2014 Hurricane Season

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has released its forecast on the virulence of this summer's Atlantic storms.

NASA

What More Than a Decade of Drought Has Done to Lake Powell

The nation's second-largest manmade reservoir has shrunk down to a virtual muddy pond.

Chris Bennett

A Visual History of Satellites

The 'extended urbanization' of space. 

Kathleen McDermott

This Robotic Dress Fights for Your Personal Space

It expands like a balloon to drive unwanted creepsters away.

NASA

Expect Plenty More Toxic Algae in Lake Erie This Summer

It's already too late to ward off this year's sliming.

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Pathogens Can Live for a Week in Airplane Seat-Back Pockets

Disease-causing bacteria like MRSA and E. coli are remarkably good at surviving the in-flight environment.

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Stop Petting Strangers' Dogs

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

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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.

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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.

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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.