Laura Bliss

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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.

Gregg Boydston

An Elite Firefighter Photographs California's Most Devastating Blazes

Now THIS is how you use Instagram.

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If Bicycles Took Up as Much Space as Cars ...

Bicycling advocates in Latvia braved the rain for a witty demonstration on the humble bike's economy of space.

Monkey Business

A Tiny Gondola to Transport Your Clothespins

Support your city's aerial future and splash some cute on your Sunday laundry.

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The Eiffel Tower: Now With More Vertigo

Paris' greatest tourist draw gets a new, heart-stopping feature.

University of Memphis Library

Americans Have Been Cursing at Automated Checkouts Since 1937

Self-checkouts feel like a product of the disconnected Internet age, but Clarence Saunders pushed them nearly 80 years ago.

Shyp

Here's How NYC's New On-Demand Shipping App Could Actually Survive

Shyp carves out a legitimately new space in a crowded shipping industry. But to last, it may have to remain a little fish.

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Las Vegas' 'Evangelical Urbanist' Steps Down From Bleeding Downtown Project

Tony Hsieh's visionary plan for the city's off-strip core seems to be imploding, leaving followers disillusioned.

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A California Law Will Weed Fraudulent Vendors Out of Farmers Markets

It's part of a growing conversation about who's selling what.

Scough

Just In Time for Flu Season, a Scarf Built to Withstand Chemical Warfare

The Scough filters out germs and pollution using military-grade technology. It also doesn't look half bad.

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For Bee-Friendly Parks, Head For the Great Unmown

Pollinators and people both benefit when public grassy patches are allowed to grow long.

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A Bruges Brewery Is Building an Underground Beer Pipeline

Belgian beer innovation number 68,789,132.

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So Long, Shaker Pint: The Rise and Fall of America's Awful Beer Glass

How the entire U.S. came to drink out of a vessel never meant for human lips.

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Find Macho Dudes Hot? That Might Be Because You Live In a Market Economy

People in small-scale societies don't have the same preferences for sex-specific traits that those in urbanized environments do.

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California Throws Down New Regulations on Olive Oil Purity

By proving its product is the real deal, the state hopes to gain ground in the European-dominated market.