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Is the Sun Causing Spikes in Lightning?

Scientists say the star's magnetic field may be ratcheting up strikes by 50 percent.

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Sorry Photo Drones, These Real Bird's-Eye City Views Rule Way Harder

To mark the 50th anniversary of the "Red List" of endangered species, a white-tailed eagle with a GoPro captured swooping views of London.

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Why London Renters Often Have Fewer Rights Than Those in Other Expensive Cities

Margaret Thatcher's legacy can still be felt in today's "revenge evictions" controversy.

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Cleaning Up Urban Waterways With Manmade Islands

The brains behind Scotland's Biomatrix Water use flotillas of plants to filter polluted water and soften concrete riverbanks.

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Why There Will Always Be Room on the Road for Skilled Taxi Drivers

GPS and e-hailing apps like Uber don't have mean the end of professional cabbies.

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Car Emissions vs. Car Crashes: Which One's Deadlier?

The answer actually surprised us.

A Wonderfully Crass Look at the Party People of London's Shoreditch 'Hood

Street photographer Dougie Wallace delves into the "total f------ chaos" of the popular British nightlife spot.

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London Is Showing How Cities Should Treat Dirty Cars in the 21st Century

The city wants to charge the most polluting cars £12.50 to enter the city center, on top of an existing fee.

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London's Newest Building Seems to Be Floating Away

This architectural magic trick would make David Copperfield proud.

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London Gets Flooded With Eerie, Disembodied Chickens

No, there's not a serial killer targeting poultry.

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Why Mothers Have Occupied a London Public Housing Complex

Focus E15 Mothers is fighting displacement of the poor in East London.  

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A Universal Lesson in Breaking the Habit of Car Commuting

How one U.K. company got its employees to stop driving to work.

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The Most Important Transportation Innovation of the Decade Is the Smartphone

So why don't cities and transit agencies take more advantage of it?

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Why London's National Gallery Has Surrendered to Selfies

The august institution hopes visitors will contemplate its world-class art collection, but realizes many people would rather just take photos of themselves in front of it.

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London's Bold Plan to Re-Wild Its Eastern Wetlands

By 2017, the wetlands of East London’s Upper Lea Valley will be preserved on a scale unmatched by any other European city. But 2,000 new homes will get built there, too.

When Cooling Towers Get Demolished, They Produce Mammoth Smoke Rings

It's like they're occupied by cigar-sucking giants.

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Wind Farm Fires Are Much More Common Than We Thought

And they're underreported by as much as 10 times, according to new research.

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5 Lessons U.S. Transit Systems Should Learn from London

At the top of the list: Get people on board with annual fare increases.

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The Grotesque Glory of Blackpool's Stag and Hen Parties

Street photographer Dougie Wallace embedded himself in the lewd, bloody bashes of England's worst bachelor-party destination.