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This Week in Bans: Beijing's Public Toilets to Become Fly-Free

Also, L.A. outlaws plastic bags; Lady Gaga ponders violent threats in Jakarta; and much more.


Video of the Day: Whole Zoo of Glowing Animals Gets Loose in Cologne

A team of "light painters" make jellyfish, birds and a whale appear in this dazzling video from Germany.

Villasana, Plasencia, et al.

Recycling Old Furniture by Coating It With Black Goop

Designers in the Mexican city of León try to revive an ailing industry with furniture best described as "oil-slick chic."


Useless and Defunct City Objects Should Be Called... 'Thomassons'

That's the word that Japanese artist Genpei Akasegawa has assigned to doors leading nowhere and driveways blocked by fences.

Aaron Koblin

Visualizing a Full Day of Airplane Paths in the U.S.A.

Data wizard Aaron Koblin is intrigued by domestic flight patterns, and after watching this video you will be too.


Solar Eclipse Scenes From the Cities With the Best View

See what Sunday's fearsome "ring of fire" looked like from around the world.


Monkeying Around on an Insanely High Bridge, in Russia

Russian kids have fun climbing the Bridge to Russky Island, world-record holder for Highest Pylons Ever.


Dog Poop Goes In, Free WiFi Comes Out

In Mexico City, new devices give pedestrians an unusual incentive to clean up after their pets.


Nude Portrait of Canada's Prime Minister Inspires Censorship

Get your eye bleach handy, folks.


This Week in Bans: Massachusetts City Plagued by Horrible Saxophonist

Salem has had it up to here with inept jazz musicians. Also outlawed recently: noisy electronica in Santa Cruz, payday lenders in Iowa and the entire vice squad of Salt Lake City.


Why Aren't Cities Littered With Dead Pigeons?

A wildlife expert and Smithsonian scientist help solve one of life's enduring urban mysteries.


The Solar Eclipse on Sunday: Will Your City Be Able to See It?

A yawning black hole opening up in the dead center of the sun is on the bill for May 20.

Filthy Luker

Heart-Stopping Art of the Day: Giant Inflatable Tentacles

An artist from the U.K. makes it look as if buildings are being strangled by a malignant Kraken.

Could Electric Truck Lanes Reduce L.A.'s Horrific Pollution?

Plans are emerging for an electric-powered truck highway in the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.


Plastic Straw Bans Are the New Plastic Bag Bans

Environmentalists have kicked off a campaign called "Straw Wars" to rid London's Soho district of drinking straws.

Centre Technique du Papier

This Armored Wallpaper Can Stop People from Stealing Your Wi-Fi

Researchers in Grenoble, France, have developed a wallpaper that blocks wireless internet signals from leaking out of your home.

Carmichael Collective

Why Does This Bench Need an Instruction Sign?

Has the city's public-works department gone rogue?


Hockey Fans Throwing Weird Crap on the Ice: A City-by-City Breakdown

Depending on where you live, you might see hockey nuts chucking fish, octopi, beef, or sex toys.


A Mirrored 'Stealth Cap' for Hiding in Crowds

Who doesn't want to enjoy some alone time in a shiny polyhedron from outer space?