Laura Bliss

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Sorry Photo Drones, These Real Bird's-Eye City Views Rule Way Harder

To mark the 50th anniversary of the "Red List" of endangered species, a white-tailed eagle with a GoPro captured swooping views of London.

Expanding a Kid's Ideas About 'Home'

Four households around the world reveal unique yet familiar domestic experiences in an immersive new app.

Facebook/Modesto Art Museum

Uncovering a Lost Design Legacy in a City Starved For Art

Modesto, California, was once ranked the nation's least livable city. That spurred one man to uncover its forgotten contributions to 20th-century architectural history.

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Why 'Six Degrees of Separation' Breaks Down Inside Cities

Inspired by Milgram's famous experiment, an analysis of Twitter networks and geography reveals how personal connections get lost at the city level.

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It May Be Possible to Actually Live in an IKEA

Twelve-year-old Peng Yijian holed up in Shanghai mega-stores for six days, reportedly living off free food samples.

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This Guy Has a Rocket-Powered Bike, and You Don't

François Gissy broke his world record at 207 mph, and he's already hatching plans for a bike he calls the "Spine Crusher."

REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The Lack of Equal Bathroom Access for Women Is a Global Design Flaw

It's a subtle form of discrimination, a health risk, and maybe a massive economic concern. The upcoming World Toilet Day 2014 is a call to action.

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Put Down the Traps and Guns—Coyotes Will Outsmart Them Every Time

A growing number of coyotes are pressuring cities to act aggressively, but hunting them can actually encourage larger populations.

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The Superheroes Will Need to Save Themselves

Officials hope to tiptoe around First Amendment rights to regulate costumed characters in places like Times Square or Hollywood Boulevard. Elmo and Spidey's best bet? Get organized.

Mark Byrnes/CityLab

Moving Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Cities

A popular new study claims to lump cities into four types. But the real science of cities is heading toward a more complex understanding of how urban spaces evolve.

Ear-It

A New Approach to Traffic Control: Ears on the Ground

Santander, Spain, tested a network of acoustic sensors capable of managing traffic congestion. But will it stand up to the future of cars?

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Why Is 'Ping' a Thing?

Does the word come from sonar? Is it a "backronym"? Internet jargon? Yes, yes, and yes.

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Happy Birthday, New York City Subway!

Today in 1904, NYC opened its first underground line, inspiring the biggest building boom in city history—and a spoof by Thomas Edison.

Mark Byrnes/City Lab

Another Great Design Toy Is Primed for Reemergence

Legos have been hailed as STEM toys—but let's not overlook the power of Play-Doh.

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When and Where Does the Internet Sleep?

A peek at the global rhythm of Internet usage.

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Here's How Your Brain Gets You Around Town

A mix of imagination and memories of the physical shape of your surroundings helps orient you when you're lost.

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One Way to Avoid Flight Delays: Help Air-Traffic Controllers Do a Better Job

Hamsa Balakrishnan develops algorithms that help controllers and pilots better manage who's taking off and when.

Metro Los Angeles

The L.A. Metro Scores Cool Points With This New PSA

The underdog of American mass transit toots its own horn in this catchy 1980s-style video.

Teeny Globes Were All the Rage In 18th-Century London

And on October 22, you can pocket one at Bonhams for a few grand.