London

Senseable City Lab

Aggregating Cell Phone Data in Search of the 'Pulse of the Planet'

Universal mobility patterns we haven't fully understood before could soon come into view.

Bikeworldtravel/Shutterstock

Are London's Public Buses the New Prozac?

Taking the bus makes people feel more social and less lonely, researchers say.

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The Stability of the World's Leading Financial Capitals

London and New York continue to top the list of global financial centers.

London Cycling Campaign

Redesign of the Day: A Truck That Won't Kill Cyclists

London Cycling Campaign has a free design tip.

Emma Webb

Postcards From a Part of the London Underground Riders Never See

The intricate patterns of rail yards.

BBC

Britain's Oddly Captivating Reality Show About Land Use

The Planners is partly bucolic escapism and partly a sidelong look at the state of Britain today. And yes, it's actually fascinating.

En!gma

Temporary City of the Day: London, at Burning Man

That's the idea, at least.

John Snow

Happy 200th Birthday to a Mapmaker Who Changed the World

John Snow mapped out cases of cholera during an infamous 1854 outbreak in London.

Courtesy Crossrail

There's a Lot More Skeletons Where These Came From

Modern London was built on top of a large number of plague pits, and the city's thirst for more space means digging won't slow down any time soon.

Gestalten

'Femme Fatales of Cartography'

Inside a beautiful new collection of "maps you shouldn't trust yet cannot help but fall for."

Shutterstock

A Brief History of Suburbia's Rise and Fall

A new paper tracks suburbia from its ideological roots in the Victorian era to its harsh detractors in the modern age.

George Dolgikh/Shutterstock

Survey Claims That 75 Percent of People Use Cellphones in the Bathroom

One-quarter of men surveyed also reported sitting down to pee so they could use their phones with both hands.

Londonair.org.uk

'Nowcasting' Pollution on the Streets of London

A visual reminder of where most pollution in our cities comes from.

Atelier Zündel Cristea

Turn That Ugly Old Power Plant Into an Amusement Park

One architect's vision for the Battersea Power Station in southwest London.

The London Tube's Cultural Moment

The arts have tended to ignore the Tube as a source of inspiration, but with the 150th anniversary of the system, we get 12 new books on its relevance.

CoffeeCar.org

Somebody Invented a Car that Runs on Coffee

The odd vehicle, which transforms old coffee grounds into hydrogen, recently set a Guinness land-speed record.

Tupungato/Shutterstock

Commute Highlight Of the Day: The Legendary London Tube Announcer Who Focuses on the Positive

Carl Downer spends his work days giving commuters Rasta-inflected pep talks.

Reuters

Europe's Emerging Consensus on Low-Emissions Zones

Critics of London Mayor Boris Johnson's ambitious air pollution plan may be missing the bigger picture.

Reuters

How Rioters Act Like Shoppers

Researchers say looters make rational decisions about how far they’re willing to travel to steal what they want.