Laura Bliss

Flickr/Veronica Jauriqui

How Boston's Gravediggers Are Dealing With the Region's Heavy Snow

Some Massachusetts cemeteries have had to halt burials in the snowbound state.

The School of Life

What Makes a City Beautiful?

A provocative new video featuring Alain de Botton says beauty in urban settings must be objective—and to argue otherwise is a danger to our quality of life.

Stringer/Reuters

Look Forward to More Loose Llamas in Arizona, Where Their Numbers Are on the Rise

Llama-heavy states saw their numbers drop from 2007 to 2012. But in Arizona, the beasts are only getting more popular.

Carol M. Highsmith’s America/Library of Congress

One Photographer's Mission to Document How Every State Lives

Carol M. Highsmith is out to create a comprehensive visual record of the U.S.—and she's donating it all.

Mapbox

Watch a Decade of Data Come to Life on OpenStreetMap

The open-source, citizen-driven mapmaking tool has democratized the insular world of cartography.

Flickr/zabowski

A Dreamy New Database for L.A. Architecture Nerds

15 years in the making, the most complete resource on L.A.'s historic built environment has just launched.

Nancy Andrews/The Washington Post/'Southeast 67'

Blowing Up What 'Success' Means in Inner-City Education Reform

The new documentary Southeast 67 tracks 67 kids from Southeast D.C. who were granted college scholarships in the 1990s.

Eric Fischer/Mapbox

Where Do Locals Go in Major Cities? Check Out This Interactive World Map

A world map made of millions of geotagged tweets show the spots where locals—and tourists—flock.

Flickr/mkhmarketing

The Social Science Behind Online Shareablity

A number of surprising factors could make images go viral on different social media platforms.

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

This Tokyo Marathoner Will Wear a Tomato-Loaded Robo-Backpack

The wearable veggie-bot Tomatan will demonstrate how to fuel up on lycopene while on the go.

Flickr/The Brit_2

For Cleaner Water, Just Add Beer

The city of Boulder is teaming up with a local beer maker to use brewing byproducts to treat wastewater.

Amazon.com

Yes, You Can Smoke Without Littering

Friends who smoke: Want to be avoid being a litterbug? Consider a pocket ashtray.

Library of Congress

This Century-Old Map of Hershey Headquarters Is Pretty Sweet

In the town of Hershey, the streets are named for chocolate. Watch your step near the gum factory.

What Should Boston Do With All That Snow?

Desperate for snow-disposal solutions, Boston has asked the public for ideas. Scientists weigh in on the most responsible options.

Hathi Trust

'Stinking Shrimps!' and Other 19th-Century Urban Sales Pitches

Hear the "cries" from Victorian-era cities—rendered in booklets that captured the world of street vendors through illustrations and rhyme.

Michael Paul Smith

Dispatches From a Miniature, Half-Imagined City

Part preservation effort, part dreamscape, Elgin Park is a scale model of a semifictional 20th-century town.

Illustration by John Petsel

What Scientists Are Learning From Video Game-Playing Pigeons

The birds can learn to classify and "name" a range of objects from city life.

City of Gold/Facebook

Searching for the Culinary Soul of Los Angeles

From taquerias to haute cuisine, a new documentary tracks a famed food critic as he lives and dines in L.A.

Ellen Sebastian Chang + Maya Gurantz

Two Oakland Neighborhoods Connect Through a 'Hole in Space'

Oakland's Rockridge and East 14th neighborhoods are five miles and a world apart. Can a giant video-chat bring them together?