Mark Byrnes

Revisiting Russia's Last Opening Ceremony

Boycotts, a bear mascot, and a powerful head of state. Some things don't change.

A Guide to Getting Around Sochi During the Games

Including a fancy new $8.7 billion rail line.

Here Come the Cossacks

Russia's unarmed, heavily costumed guards may look intimidating, but their actual power is pretty limited.

Meet the People Trying To Save Sochi's Stray Dogs

Animal activists estimate that thousands of dogs have been killed under the government's Olympics-motivated crackdown.

The Many Palm Trees of This Year's Winter Olympics

Tropical flora is all over the coastal parts of Sochi, and visitors are taking notice.

Don't Worry Canada, Everyone Has a Tiny Bed in Sochi

Canadians are not impressed with their hockey team's accommodations.

Visiting Stalin's Sochi Retreat

The former Soviet dictator loved vacationing in the coastal resort town. 

Sochi's Plan to Rid Itself of Stray Dogs

Local officials see extermination as the most efficient method, though it's controversial among activists.

Sochi's Media Village Isn't Ready Yet

Days from the opening ceremonies, constructions crews are still at work on hotels, shops, and sidewalks.

The 'Mass Transit' Super Bowl's Mass Transit Was a Serious Disappointment

Poor planning led to overheated stations and overcrowded platforms.

Thanks to the Super Bowl, New York Has Its Very First Regional Transit Map

NJ Transit and the MTA, all on one diagram.

Smoking Really Is Nearly Inescapable in China

Portraits of cigarette users in hospitals, washing windows, and in front of 'No Smoking' signs.

Footage of the Beatles's Last Show, on Its 45th Anniversary

Performed on a London rooftop.

Russia Ramps Up Security for the Winter Olympics

The country is deploying 50,000 soldiers and police for the Games.

Naturally, You Can Now Buy Seahawks-Themed Pot at a Seattle Marijuana Dispensary

Of course.

This Year's Super Bowl Has a Particularly Embarrassing Neighbor

Chris Christie described it as "the ugliest damn building" in the state, "and maybe America."

Navigating L.A.'s Future Subway System, as Seen in 'Her'

The public transit map Theodore Twombly would have used to get around.

Brazil Faces Another Round of Anti-World Cup Demonstrations

Over 2,000 people marched through the streets of São Paulo this weekend.

These Maps Lay Out Exactly Where to Find California's Gold

Guides for prospectors, circa 1848.