Rebecca J. Rosen

How the Modern Office Shapes American Life

How did we come to work in spaces that make us so miserable?

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Almost No Americans Die From Lightning Strikes Anymore. Why?

In the middle of the 20th century, hundreds of Americans died each year from lightning strikes. Now, fewer than 30 do. What gives?

A Wondrous GIF Shows the Most Popular Baby Names for Girls Since 1960

Social Security Administration data visualized in the most lovely way imaginable.

This Is the World on Flickr

A map from the Oxford Internet Institute reveals the geographical distribution of billions of photos uploaded to the popular image-sharing site.

Reuters

San Francisco Fire Chief Bans Helmet Cams

Officials say that the ban is necessary to protect people's privacy. Is that so?

Reuters

The Strange, Sad City of Baikonur, the World's Gateway to the Heavens

It is from this remote community in southern Kazakhstan that humans first sent a satellite, an animal, and a person into orbit. But it didn't get an MRI machine until 2011.

Dramatic Photographs of Alaska's Erupting Volcano, as Seen From Space

Turns out, it's hard to get a good picture of an eruption, which makes these shots all the more remarkable.

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We're Constructing Dams at a Terrifying Rate

According to a new report, there are now 48,000 "large" dams around the planet.

Alexis Madrigal

Man Refuses to Stop Drone-Spying on Seattle Woman

Is this legal?

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Explore 38,000 Historical Maps, Online and Searchable

The Digital Public Library of America announces the addition of a vast treasure trove of maps.

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Luminous 'Light Paintings' of D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms

With a long exposure and a flashlight, Jacques Domenge brings out the surreal beauty of the cherry trees after the crowds have gone.

Amazing Views From the Top of the World

Google Street View goes to its most extreme destinations yet: 4 of the planet's highest mountains.

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Why Are There So Many Sinkholes in Florida?

The peninsula is unstable terrain by dint of its particular geology.

Now You Can See Out the Bottom of Your Airplane

Or at least know what you're flying over, thanks to new Delta app.

Is It Still Street Art If You Can Only See It Online?

An artist's quest to bring graffiti to life, via GIFs.

Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse

Visions of the Past: Recreating World War II in Today's Cities

A photography project reminds us that soldiers surrendered and prisoners marched on the same streets we walk along every day.

Even Tim Cook Would Not Use Apple's Maps

The CEO apologizes, suggests users bookmark Google maps.

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How Much Do Yelp Reviews Matter?

Small differences in ratings can really help (or hurt) restaurants.

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Why Are Champaign-Urbana's Jaywalking Arrests Almost All Black?

Between 2007 and 2011, about 90 percent of those arrested were African American. How did this happen?