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The American Cities With the Most 'Pleasant' Weather

They're all in California, according to this NOAA-informed map.

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The Town That's Building Life Around Sleep

The way society is organized means that most of us don't sleep when our bodies naturally want to. A small town in Germany wants to change that.

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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.

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What It's Like to Fly Over Antarctica

It's not just snow down there, at the bottom of the world.

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Has Craft Beer Finally Gone Too Far? Take Our 'Quiz'

See if you can identify the imposters lurking among these ridiculous sounding, yet oh-so-real beers.

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Visiting Stalin's Sochi Retreat

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

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Sochi's Media Village Isn't Ready Yet

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

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This Brooklyn Restaurant Goes All Out for Valentine's Day With a Beyoncé-Themed Menu

How about some Jay-ziti?

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Chinese Tourists Increasingly Love Antarctica

But Americans still predominate.

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Lessons From Ancient Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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The World's First Dog-Sled Taxi Service Just Launched in Norway

Luxury Arctic tourism.

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Smoking Really Is Nearly Inescapable in China

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

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How Cities Keep People Out

A short history of barricade design.

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Detroit Museum Pledges $100 Million to Save Its Art Collection

It'll give the money to the city, to pay pensions.

Mexico's Olympic 'Ski Team' Is One Guy in a Mariachi Suit

Examining the historical wardrobe choices of the nutty Mexican skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe.

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In Mexico, a City's Scar Becomes its Most Prized Park

A case study in urban renewal.

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Yup, Now You Can Drive a Grown-Up Version of the 'Cozy Coupe' Toy Car

Childhood fun for adults. 

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

Performed on a London rooftop.

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Why the Real Estate Industry Is Interested in Drones, Too

They're quickly changing the art of visualizing buildings.