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Mapping Everywhere Fossils Have Been Found in the U.S.

Explore a world of dead, buried animals with the “United States of Fossiliferousness.”

Art That 'Infests' Natural Spaces With Invasive, Man-Made Species

A Prague-based artist composes sculpture that examines how urban technology spreads like its own life form.

How Prefab Honeycomb Homes Could Help the Affordable Housing Problem

These customizable hexagons from U.K.-based Hivehaus offer the promise of fast, cheap density.

Who Knew a Video Game About Infrastructure Could Look So Cool?

Grab your flashlight and start fixing a dangerous, crumbling mining city in INFRA.

How Black Vernacular Architecture Is Changing Museums

The stoop and the porch are prominent features of two new museum designs.

New York Wants Google Maps to Discourage Left Turns

The safety precaution would fit in with the city’s larger Vision Zero push.

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This Stained Glass Window Harnesses Solar Energy to Charge Your Devices

But it looks like a cathedral.

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A Map of Neighborhood Noise Pollution You Can Actually Use

Now in L.A. and soon for all of North America: Punch in an address to find out how loud the location is and why.

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These Are the Saddest Amtrak Stations in America

Some of the nation’s train stations don’t make a great impression. That won’t change until Congress truly funds passenger rail.

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Psychedelic Maps Made With Google's 'DeepDream' Code

When you apply Google’s artificial neural networks to cartography, the hills literally have eyes.

Reusable Shopping Bags May Make You Buy More Junk Food

A new study says people who use the bags believe they deserve more indulgences.

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The Panama Canal Is About To Become an Even Bigger 'Big Ditch'

The soon-to-open expanded canal will—finally—accommodate the world’s gigantic freight ships. For now.

Ford Tries to Figure Out Bicycles

The company’s Info Cycle project aims to improve the understanding of how urban streets work for cars and bikes alike.

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A Drone Tour of Mumbai's Largest Bedroom Community

Navi Mumbai was supposed to be a fully functioning satellite city, but in practice it’s more like suburban sprawl.

Weed Growers Are a Drag on Denver's Energy Supply

The flowering reefer industry is sucking up energy, and the city has no efficiency plans in place to mitigate the problem.

The Problem With an Invisible Tower in Paris

Developers of the first skyscraper to go up in 40 years are selling it as a shard of luminous crystal, not a looming tower.

Why Memorializing America's History of Racism Matters

A project to place historical markers at sites where African Americans were lynched is “slow-going,” but necessary.

'Jengaform' Architecture Is Everywhere

Cities are becoming chock-a-block with blocky-looking buildings.

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The National Building Museum Built a Giant Ball-Pit 'Beach'

The D.C. museum has got the big, fun, dumb, summer thing down.