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Navigating L.A.'s Future Subway System, as Seen in 'Her'

The public transit map Theodore Twombly would have used to get around.

Actually, the Sochi Olympics Does Not Have a 'Double Toilet'

Russians aren't that weird when it comes to using the bathroom, it seems.

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The Long Regulatory Road to America's First Cat Cafe

Pending a whole lot of permits, one could open in San Francisco this summer.

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Strap-on Skis for Your Bicycle

A simple solution for getting around in the snow.

Videos

Ride With a Rebel Dirt Bike Gang of Baltimore

A documentary explores a controversial subculture through the eyes of a young boy.

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Associated Press

The Tom Waits Map of the World

Mining the musician's lyrics to find out where, exactly, "all the doughnuts have names that sound like prostitutes."

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A Functional Trike Made From Recycled Household Parts

Think beach chairs, scooters, and other junk just lying around.

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Reuters

The Narrow Geography of the Grammy Awards

Half of the nods for this year's biggest awards went to artists living in L.A., New York, or Nashville.

Next Economy
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The Library of the Future Is Here

It's got 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and its own roast coffee, named "shush."

Nikki Sylianteng

Designing a Less Confusing Parking Sign

A much more visual and intuitive take.

The Plight of Cambodia's Garment Workers, On Display on a Manhattan Sidewalk

Artist Kat Eng crouched outside Times Square's H&M for eight hours, sewing on a hand-operated machine.

Behold, the Bizarre Mash-Up of a Vespa and a Segway

It has all the ridiculousness of the Segway, and none of the romanticism of the classic Italian scooter.

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Tracking the Flight Paths of Birds

The chaotic order of nature's social networks.

Videos

Swedish Trade Unions Are Making Fun of Your Sad, Non-Swedish Lifestyle

A tongue-in-cheek video makes the case that even an average Swede is better off than an upper-class American.

Reuters

The Decline of the American Book Lover

And why the downturn might be over.

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The Extent of America's (Totally Unnecessary) Whooping Cough Outbreak

The stateside spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, in one map. 

Reuters

Finding Sochi's Indigenous People

Russians drove the Circassians out in the 19th century. A handful have returned to trace their ancestral roots.

Associated Press

The Batkid Tab Has Been Paid by Philanthropists

So stop complaining.

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Honolulu, Car Pool Mecca: 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.