Laura Bliss

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Predicting Travel Patterns in Future Disasters

Researchers hope mobility data gleaned from Twitter during Hurricane Sandy can eventually help boost New York City's resilience.

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Lewis Baltz, Famed Photographer of Post-War Sprawl, Dies at 69

"I tried to show myself as an anthropologist from a different solar system. What kind of new world was being built here?"

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The World's First Marijuana Credit Union Will Open in January

Thanks to an overlooked law, Colorado's legal pot enterprises will finally get the legitimate banking services they need. But discord with the feds still casts a shadow over the industry.

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How to Make a Better Map—Using Neuroscience

These three cartographers are applying advances in brain science and cognitive psychology to their work.

Victoria Lautman

Can India's Ancient Stepwells Help Solve the Country's Water Crisis?

Now largely obsolete, these Escher-like cisterns were once monuments of public life. And in the midst of water shortage, stepwells may refill their civic role.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.