Megan Garber

How New Yorkers Reacted When a Stranger Slept on Them in the Subway

To sleep, perchance to freak out some fellow commuters.

Don't Freak Out, but the First 3D-Printed Metal Gun Totally Works

It fired 50 rounds and showed no signs of stopping.

When Cameras Took Pictures of Ghosts

When photography was new, people used it to suggest the endurance of the departed.

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob."

Jonathan Trappe

Area Man Attempts to Cross the Atlantic Using Nothing but Helium Balloons

A real-life Up, aided by weather-tracking software and documented on Facebook.

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Australia Just Had a Train Accident That's Being Blamed on ... Millipedes

When nature and infrastructure collide, things can get slippery.

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408 Hot Air Balloons Just Took Off at the Same Time — Here's Video

The breaking of a world record, in time-lapse.

A Love Letter to the Fog of San Francisco

Clouds, more beautiful than you've ever seen them before.

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Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.

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Vertigo Integration: Street View Goes to the Top of the World's Tallest Building

Google takes its cameras to a street of the vertical variety.

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The Last Telegram Will Be Sent From India Sometime in July

The transformative technology will come to, yes, a FULL STOP.

In the 8th Century, the Egyptian City of Thonis Fell Into the Sea

In the 21st, you can watch it being rediscovered on YouTube.

A Rotating Thunderstorm, Closer Than You've Ever Seen Before

A timelapse of a supercell beautifully captures the anger of nature.

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The Surprising Reason Oklahoma Doesn't Have Enough Tornado Shelters

Yesterday's tornado was deadly not just because of the vagaries of the sky. It was deadly, too, because of the fickleness of the ground.

8 Tools We Used to Navigate the World Around Us Before GPS and Smartphones

A new Smithsonian exhibit takes on the history of "getting from here to there."

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Your Local Newspaper, Delivered By Drones

Plans to use robots to replace humans in package delivery, in France and beyond.

A Map of the Entire Universe

The Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was young.

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Before Cities Had Street Lights, They Had Giant Towers That Mimicked the Moon

When electricity was new, town leaders looked to "moonlight towers" to provide mass illumination.

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The Car That Got Stuck Going 125 mph ... for an Hour

A real-world screening of Speed ended with a small miracle of bureaucratic coordination.