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The Science of Staring

New research explains why we decide to look at what everyone else is looking at.

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How the Garbage Pickers of Athens Predicted the Greek Economic Crisis

A new documentary sheds light on the Greek city's most vulnerable residents.

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A BBQ Grill Designed to Unify Estranged Neighbors

The "Buurbecue" acts as the food-grade grease that gets friendly chitchat rolling.

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For Sale (on eBay!): A Tuscan Village

Three million dollars will get you 25 cottages and nearly 20 acres of land.

Nate Berg

The Community Television

Seeing a public amenity in a street-facing TV in Ann Arbor.

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Pop-Up Pools for Cairo's Slums

A trick for keeping residents of sweaty cities cool.

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In Barcelona, a 69-Foot Vertical Park

The balconies in the apartment have planters, built-in benches, and even fountains.

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Is Your City Making You Single?

Why where we live determines how we date.

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Why Is There an Upside Down Airplane in Central Park?

Without context, this is one heckuva scary photo.

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K. Scott Kreider

How Thousands of Headstones Ended Up Under a Philadelphia Bridge

A surprising tale of a forgotten cemetery, a land grab, and some clever recycling.

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Big Cities on the Rise

Cities in the South and the West are leading the urban influx.

Eddi Törnberg

An Office Desk That Generates Electric Power Via Your Butt

Inspired by the laziness of humans, a Swedish designer built a workspace that runs in part on body heat and movement.

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Summertime, the World Over

Gorgeous photos of kite fliers, beach bums, and men playing chess in their underwear.

A Building Archipelago in the Middle of Zagreb

This new complex in integrates an old distillery and a storied Gorica factory into its design.

Courtesy of Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center

Welcome to 1940s New York

An interactive time capsule to all 116 New York City neighborhoods, from 1943.

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The Craziest Skateboard Ever Can Walk Down Stairs

Po-Chih Lai's "Stair Rover" is meant to conquer the rugged streetscape of London.

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Watch the Leaning Tower of Pisa Fall Over (In Dominoes)

Hasn't everyone wanted to see this happen?

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A 3D Play for Citizen Planning

Gothenburg, Sweden, makes its public planning process interactive with an online map.

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This Globe-Trotting Restaurant Makes a Pit Stop in London

The CUBE, a mobile restaurant and event space, has graced landmarks in Brussels and Milan. Now it's headed to England in time for the Games.