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This Was the Warmest August in Known History

Much of this worrisome heat is coming from the oceans.

What a Biblical-Style Flood Could Mean for Washington, D.C.

How rising sea levels might overwhelm homes and military bases in the nation's capital.

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Finally, a Way to Strap an iPad Directly to Your Face

The AirVR brings virtual reality closer than ever.

How About a Crosswalk Light that Dances?

The makers of this gyrating Do Not Cross signal say it reduces jaywalking by 81 percent.

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Antarctic Sea Ice Hits a Record Max, and That's Not Good

The increase in ice may actually be a sign the warming continent is in trouble.

Hail a New York Taxi, Get a High Five Instead

A random beardo is spreading surprise high fives all over the city.

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Americans Who Carry Concealed Weapons Keep Accidentally Shooting Themselves in Public Bathrooms

This year's list of incidents includes an Italian restaurant, a prosecutor's office, a Target, a Burger King ...

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This App Transforms Subway Ads Into Fine Art

Make your commute a "curated art experience" through augmented reality.

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Americans' Waistlines Are Growing Ever Larger

Possible reasons include sleep deprivation and medication, says a new study.

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China Considers an Immense Skyscraper Shaped Like a Cloud

The strange-looking structure would be the second-tallest building on earth.

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Behold, Designs for the First Permanent Cat Cafe in the U.S.

A preview of the forthcoming KitTea cafe in San Francisco.

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Who's Willing to Pay for Renewable Energy?

More results from our State of the City poll.

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Every City Is the Death Star With This 'Space Station' Map Skin

One woman's tribute to her favorite post-apocalyptic, science-fiction worlds.

An Endearingly Cranky Tour of Street Typography

Designer James Victore has a lot of strong opinions about the dumb fonts employed by local businesses.

Skeptical Science

The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change, Illustrated in Cartoons

Real-life climate researchers have lent their likenesses to this skeptic-destroying comic series.

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European Wildfires Could Be 200 Percent Worse by the End of 2100

Blame more hot weather and longer droughts for a predicted uptick in land-blackening blazes.

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Strategic Reforestation Could Be the Key to Fighting Ozone

Scientists working in smoggy Houston say planting a 1.5-square-mile forest would make the air more breathable.

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Germs Spread Unbelievably Fast in the Workplace

It can take as little as 2 hours for one stomach-flu sufferer to contaminate half of a single office.

Will Norbert Be the Rare Cyclone to Hit California?

Probably not, though the oceanic storm could bring "life-threatening flash flooding" to the region.