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The Rainfall of 20 El Niños, in 1 Big Graphic

The seasonal drenching shows a big geographical consistency … until it doesn’t.

Placemeter

Watch New Yorkers Hurry Across Union Square in Real-Time

Placemeter’s live map tracks pedestrian and bike activity in one of the city’s busy intersections.

Colas / Joachim Bertrand

Coming Soon to France: Hundreds of Miles of Solar-Powered Roads

Thin panels installed on existing roads could be used to power streetlights and homes within five years.

AP/Gerry Broome

North Carolina's Tainted 2016 Primary Election

A federal court has ruled the state’s racially gerrymandered congressional map unconstitutional. Whatever happens now, voters are likely to lose.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

How 311 Apps Make Winter a Bit More Bearable

In Philadelphia, residents can request on-demand plowing and salting after snowfalls.

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The Long, Ugly History of the Politics of Lead Poisoning

Or, why the longest-lasting childhood epidemic in U.S. history wasn’t ever treated like one.

Bobby Yip / REUTERS

Hong Kong's 'Fishball Revolution' Is About More Than Street Food

Violence between protesters and police appears to be borne out of a deep-seated mistrust.

AP Photo/Mel Evans

Snow Removal With Wheelchair Users in Mind

A lack of citizen awareness, not to mention accountability, can leave some residents stuck in their homes much longer than others.

Marco Raaphorst / Flickr

Toward a Stronger Theory of NIMBYism

A more sound understanding of local obstructionism could be the first step to diminishing it.

Reuters / Jacky Naegelen

To Fight Climate Change, We Need to Go Beyond Burying Fossil Fuels

The latest environmental rallying cry—“Keep It in the Ground”—will help stop pollution. But that policy’s effect on carbon emissions isn’t as clear.

Flick/Mantas Volungevicius

Rating Europe's Most and Least Happy Cities

Start packing your bags for Oslo.

Tom Libby, Kaushik Jayaram & Pauline Jennings / PolyPEDAL Lab / UC Berkeley

Why You Can't Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home

The insects are miniature transformers that can compress to half their size and still run really fast.

Courtesy of Tygron

Can a Game Help Build Affordable Housing?

To break through gridlock on fair housing, officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic.

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A Tsunami of Goopy Foam Washes Into a French Town

Storm Imogen’s hurricane-force winds are churning up flying, smelly suds.

Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Who's to Blame for Taiwan's Toppled Highrise?

The discovery of tin cans used as “filler” raises questions about the apartment complex’s construction.

AP Photo/Tony Dejak

How Psychology Explains the Tamir Rice Shooting

People attach violent stereotypes to images of black boys as young as 5 years old, new research finds.

REUTERS/Jason Lee

Beijing, Without the People

China’s capital looked a lot emptier than usual on Sunday.

Angela Kim

An Artist Strikes Back Against Foul Subway Smells

One scratch-and-sniff sticker at a time.