Alexis C. Madrigal

Alexis C. Madrigal

The Great Spaceship of Toronto

This underground labyrinth may be as close to a spacecraft as most of us are likely to board.

Drought Now Covers 100 Percent of California

And the snowpack is melting quickly, too.

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Do You Walk Enough?

This is an easy, passive way to find out.

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A Bullseye in the Sky Over Texas

This is a thin glowing layer of Earth's atmosphere rippling in the wake of a huge thunderstorm.

This Is Us: Portrait of a Changing America

A nation in time, in seven charts.

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Outsourcing Is Reshaping the Philippines' Cities

The ability to outsource all kinds of business processes is creating massive, vertical company towns in the suburbs.

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A 26-Story History of San Francisco

What Yelp's new headquarters, the recently renovated landmark 140 New Montgomery, could teach the city's tech scene.

Robin Adair

What Niagara Falls Looks Like Without Water

In the summer of 1969, engineers stopped the flow of water to the American and Bridal Veil Falls.

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First as Fake, Then as Reality: When the Polar Vortex Froze Niagara Falls

On the phenomenon of sharing fake photos of real events.

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The World's Newest Island, Niijima

Where there once was no land, now there is.

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The Most Instagrammed Place in the World Is a Mall in Bangkok

And the city's airport falls from the top spot to the ninth.

New York City's Energy Infrastructure Transformed Last Month and Nobody Noticed

A new pipeline massively expanded the amount of natural gas flowing into Manhattan.

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Why Are Gas Prices Falling?

The average gallon now runs an American $3.19, the lowest price since February 2011.

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The Absurd Beauty of Creating Musical Turnstiles in NYC's Subway

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy has a plan to give New Yorkers "one little gift of kindness."

The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build a Subterranean Ice Wall Around the Fukushima Plant

Believe it or not, it's what Japan is planning to do to prevent further contamination. Can it really be done?

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Except for All the Details, Elon Musk's Hyperloop Sounds Awesome

Will more fully baked transportation projects be put on hold in hopes that Musk's still-fictional idea works out?

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The Future of Transportation: Own an EV, Get Access to an SUV

Own a small, cheap-to-operate electric vehicle for workaday commutes, and access to a sports car or SUV whenever you want.

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The Year in Hot Dog Innovation

Let it never be said that our nation stood still while others carried forth the banner of progress.

An Instagram for Maps

Stamen reveals a radical, beautiful new tool.