Design

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

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

The Long Regulatory Road to America's First Cat Cafe

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

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.

Maps

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."

A Functional Trike Made From Recycled Household Parts

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

Maps

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

The Library of the Future Is Here

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

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.

Videos

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.

The Decline of the American Book Lover

And why the downturn might be over.

Maps

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

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

Finding Sochi's Indigenous People

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

The Batkid Tab Has Been Paid by Philanthropists

So stop complaining.

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.

An Insider's Look at the Mongolian Capital

The hidden wonders of Ulan Bator.