Design

Richard Renaldi

What Happens When Total Strangers Are Asked to Touch

An introvert's nightmare.

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One Stunning Image Captures 8 Hours of Departures at LAX

A snapshot of Los Angeles's famously bustling airport. 

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Amazingly, London's Property Boom May Still Have Years to Run

For a first-time buyer, the average home now costs eight times gross earnings, the highest ratio since at least 1983.

Perez Architects

In the Lower Ninth Ward, a Fight Over Height

A plan to construct multi-unit buildings 7 stories tall has led to a battle in New Orleans.

Inside London's First Cat Cafe

The $8.50 cover charge hasn't stopped feline-lovers from flocking to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium.

Alone Together: The Return of Communal Restaurant Tables

As more establishments seat people in close proximity, friendships are not forged.

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Popular in Norway: A Reality TV Show Starring Birds

The latest "Slow TV" hit from Scandinavia.

Vimeo/Marco Casino

South Africa's Risk-Loving Train Surfers

A stunning short film finds out why young men in the city of Kathlehong jump on moving rail cars despite the obvious, and potentially fatal, danger.

Vimeo

A Really Bad Idea to Get Traffic Moving Faster

A hacked traffic light honks at drivers the instant the signal turns green.

A Brief, and Disgusting, History of 'Ratzillas'

An uber-rodent recently found in a Swedish kitchen is not the first humongous rat to horrify the world.

Associated Press

The Golden Gate Bridge May Finally Get a Suicide Barrier

The decision comes after a year with the highest number of suicides since the late '60s.

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Roy's People

The Hunt for London's (Really) Little People

An artist making humorous miniature scenes is transforming the city into Lilliput.

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Is Your City's Street Grid Really a Grid?

This intriguing new visual maps the symmetry of urban layouts.

Reuters

Rio's Relentless Beach Pollution

Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

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Starbucks

The Digital Tip Trap

Cashless payments are great, but not if they nudge us toward paying more than we meant to.

Reuters

Baseball Is Coming Back to Montreal, for a Weekend

The much-maligned Olympic Stadium will host two exhibition games, but don't expect the city to get a new team.

Street Eraser

New Photoshop-Inspired Street Art Is 'Erasing' London

Blending the digital world with the analog.

Reuters

On the Set in Nollywood

One photographer's behind-the-scenes look inside this gigantic, high-volume film industry.

An Illustrated History of All the Ways Urban Environments Can Control Us

War of Streets and Houses explores how a city can simultaneously foster and crush social change.