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Why Is There So Little Innovation in Water Infrastructure?

For one thing, consumers have no tolerance for risk. 

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What If Roads Lasted Twice As Long?

An innovation in Texas could extend highway lifespans and decrease repair spending.

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50 Years After Its Discovery, Acid Rain Has Lessons for Climate Change

If researchers want to study the connection between environmental disaster and popular concern, acid rain would be a good place to start.

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How Biofuel Technology Turned Restaurant Grease Into Gold

As its value has risen, a growing class of criminals are focusing on stealing and selling used cooking oil.

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The Coming Battle Over Electric Bicycles

E-bikes are poised for a boom, but are we ready for them?

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How Lasers Will Give the U.S. East Coast Precise New Post-Sandy Maps

The survey will kickoff the most revolutionary American mapping project in a century.

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Why Blackouts Are More Common Than Ever, in 2 Charts

Ten years after the 2003 meltdown, weather-related outages are on the rise.

Would This Insanely Complex Diagram Help You Navigate a Subway System?

Tokyo made a guide to its labyrinthine underground network. But despite their good intentions, it may as well have been drawn by M.C. Escher.

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How a Glob of Fat the Size of a School Bus Got Stuck in the London Sewers

Blame the wet wipes.

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How Design Students See Gadgets Grappling With the Future of Urban Pollution

Breathing walls, noise-to-music converters, and more.

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Why Walmart Still Hasn't Crushed the Regional Grocery Store

Brand loyalty still plays a big role even though supermarkets mostly sell all the same stuff.

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Henning Larsen's Greatest Building Was Also His Greatest Failure

The architect, who died last month, spent the last years of his career carefully disowning the Copenhagen Opera House.

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YOLO of the Day: The Yolobus

Next stop #yolo.

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Hungry? Here's a Map of Every Urban Plant You Can Snack On

Cataloging the fruits, nuts, and herbs hidden in the sidewalk foliage.

Ambitious Crowdfunding Goal of the Day: $2 Million for the Cardboard Bicycle

This world-changing invention is more expensive than we remembered.

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Suburbia in Sand: Choose Your Own Metaphor

An art installation on San Francisco's China Beach examines the tract home as a symbol for the American Dream.

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Awesome Impromptu Soccer Field of the Day: One Made of Lasers

Here's one way to activate public space at night.

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Fantasy Versions of New York, Continuously Scrambled

Multimedia artist Brian Foo's latest project explores how urban forms shapes our lives.

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Can San Jose Really Sue Its Way to a Major League Baseball Team?

The city has filed a lawsuit against MLB for stalling the A's move from Oakland. But there's surely a non-litigious deal to be made here.