John Metcalfe

The Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters of 2014

Here's a grim reminder of the rising number of weather and climate calamities.

This Smart Pedal Will Hunt Down Bike Thieves

The high-security device also monitors speed, routes, and calories burnt.

How to Spot the Comet 'Lovejoy' Before It's Gone for 8,000 Years

The glowing, green interloper will become even more brilliant in coming weeks.

Seattle Gets Doused in a Mysterious 'Stinky Fog'

The unexplained mist had a putrid odor reminiscent of compost and sewer.

Will Shoes One Day Generate Renewable Energy?

These insoles would let wearers produce electricity and feed it into the grid.

Here's the Polar System That's Freezing the U.S.

Hello, wind chills of -45 degrees.

Proof that California's Drivers Can't Handle the Rain

Crunching the numbers on L.A.'s wet-weather car wrecks.

It's Too Early to Call 2014 the Hottest Year on Record

Scientists are still compiling evidence for that ignoble distinction.

A Giant, Fake Moon Rises in an Abandoned Lithuanian Building

Residents of Kaunas are seeing double due to a local artist's surreal astronomical illusion.

How the Chances of a White Christmas Have Changed Since the 1960s

A new analysis of weather data shows that in a few regions, it has become less common to see snow over the holidays.

2014: An Epic Year for Climate Change and Other Weather-Related Disasters

Extreme heat, record-breaking floods, and a terrifying tornado in oil country—all in all, a year we can't afford to forget.

A Bare-Bones Electric Motorcycle for Green Urban Riding

This ultralight bike is designed to cut pollution and slice through traffic jams.

A Look Back at the Questionable, Dog-Powered 'Poochmobile'

One of the least-likely rides of the 1930s relied on a German Shepherd trapped in a big hamster wheel.

America's Holiday Lights Can Be Seen from Space

They're especially bright in the suburbs, says NASA.

Scientists Are Exploring Whether We Can Save the Climate by Pumping the Air Full of Seawater

If it comes down to it, water-shooting ships just might help geoengineer us away from a hotter future, according to some new research.

A Devious Contraption to Stop Airplane Elbow Wars

"Soarigami" walls off airline armrests into separate but equal halves.

This Bike Bag Morphs Into a Rain Poncho, a Baby Sling, a Bigger Bag...

A concept for one commuter bag to rule them all.

What Are the Odds Your City Will Have a White Christmas?

Decades of climate data pinpoint the nation's top spots for a snowy December 25.

This Designer Fabric (Intentionally) Reeks of Whisky

It's a burst of fashion genius that could only originate in Scotland.