Aarian Marshall

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How Skyrocketing Development in Texas Could Suck the State Dry

The Lone Star State is losing open space faster than any other, and that's bad news for the water cycle.

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It's Deer-Collision Season

Deer collisions rise precipitously in autumn—so watch out, West Virginia, Iowa, and Pennsylvania.

Reuters/Susana Vera

Your Dog Probably Won't Give You Ebola—But It Could Give You Lots of Other Things

A visual guide to the nasties possibly lurking inside your best friend.

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NYC's Smartphone-Tracking Phone Booths Do Not Mark the Data Privacy Apocalypse

When it comes to targeted advertising, there's much, much worse out there.

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How Teleconferencing Could Help Urban Schools Solve a Mental Health Crisis

"Tele-mental health" services are fast, cheap, and effective—especially as the number of trained professionals in schools dwindles.

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Let's Talk About Zoo Poop

How some urban zoos are turning brown into green, in more ways than one.

Reuters/Sergio Moraes

Google and Microsoft Are Putting Rio's Favelas on the Map

Both see potential advertising revenue in the Brazilian slums.

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A Guide to Legal Loitering

The law protects your right to loiter, but the line between "hanging out" and "committing a crime" is blurry.

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Good News: The L.A. Unified School District Is Giving Up Its Grenade Launchers

The district received the weapons through the same program that gave military equipment to the St. Louis County PD.

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The L.A. Fire Department Rolls Out New Nepotism Protocols

The city says the practice leads to less diversity among firefighters.

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On National Chocolate Milkshake Day, Let's Drink to Chicago's Prohibition-Era Entrepreneurs

What the rise of the milkshake had to do with Prohibition, Chicago's South Side, and a local pharmacy chain called Walgreens.

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The Majority of Urban Parents in the U.S. Say They Struggle to Meet Household Expenses

And fully 17 percent said they consistently don't have enough to cover basic costs. 

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College-Educated Minorities Report Far Fewer Good-Paying Job Opportunities Than Whites

The other education gap. 

Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

A History of Police Uniforms—and Why They Matter

Uniforms have influenced interactions between cops and citizens since the start of American policing.

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The Cheap, Colorful Way Cities Are Trying to Fight Childhood Obesity

Playground designers are hoping kids will hopscotch their way to fitness—but it might not work quite that way.

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UberX Drivers Might Never Get Any Better at Navigation

GPS and the low-cost ride-hailing service make an inefficient combo.