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How a Glob of Fat the Size of a School Bus Got Stuck in the London Sewers

Blame the wet wipes.

Chronicling the Seamier Side of Europe's Hottest Cities

A spate of new blogs seek out the underbelly of Paris, London and Berlin.

When Neglected Buildings Become Seriously Trippy Art Projects

If you've ever spotted street art involving pin-up models with kitty heads or screaming flowers, it's probably the work of Chile's Macarena "Macay" Yañez.

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The U.K. Doesn't Want Motorists Using Google Glass, Obviously

Also, New York updates its list of offensive license plates, and one rebellious bureaucrat thwarts Pennsylvania's anti-gay-marriage laws.

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This Guy's Never Met a Map He Didn't Want to Fix

Just not always for the better: "I've deliberately designed maps that are deliberately horrible to look at, and succeeded."

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The Atmospheric 'Rivers' That Explain Why Flooding Has Gotten So Vicious

Imagine the amount of water pouring out the mouth of the Mississippi River, times 15. That's what these things move through the air over time.

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The Exquisite Geometry of Global Flight Paths

As revealed by a billion dots of color.

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Cities Might Not Be as Prepared as They Think for a Bioterrorism Attack

Smallpox maliciously released in London would spread to several countries before governments could intervene, a new model predicts.

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Celebrate the Royal Baby With Barf Bags and £650 Porcelain Cats

The occasionally precious, often bizarre knick-knacks now for sale in London to celebrate the birth of an heir.

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'Blue Paint Is Not Enough'

London's bicycle advocates say they're fed up with a city government that promotes cycling but isn't serious about safe bike infrastructure.

Making Cities More Bird-Friendly With Nesting Bricks

Aaron Dunkerton wants to aid Britain's threatened sparrows by sheltering them in the fabric of urban architecture.

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The Most Sophisticated Flickr Maps We've Ever Seen

Telling encoded stories of politics, natural disasters and social movements.

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Flying Machine of the Day: An Airborne Bike for About the Cost of a Small Car

Don't get too excited — this prototype technically won't let you sail above your morning commute. 

An Effort to Gather the Best New Urban Policy Innovations in One Place

According to a survey of 200 experts.

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Vaguely Creepy Interactive Maps of the Day: Spying on Europe's Smart Cities

What would you do if you had access to all available centralized data?

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Reverse-Skeuomorphism of the Day: A Zoomable Paper Map

Watch out, Google.

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The Saddest, Most Inspiring Story You'll Ever Read About Thumb Wrestling

James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs was having a rough year. Then he started thumb wrestling.

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London Has an Impossibly Weird House That Defies Physics

OK, who dropped acid into England's water supply?

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Watch Out, EasyJet: Europe's Newer, Faster Trains Are Gunning For You

European rail travel is often more expensive and harder to book than cheap, no-frills plane tickets. But that's about to change.