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Watch Six Months of Fracking Fires Blaze Across the Country

Massive fires light up the sky in U.S. states at the center of a fracking boom.

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There Are Echoes of Ferguson in Detroit

A wealthy white suburb is building barricades to seal itself off from Detroit, but the divide is about more than physical barriers. 

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How to Not Know There Are 50,000 Bees Living in Your Ceiling

Lessons from one New York woman's inadvertent foray into urban beekeeping. 

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Why Are There So Many Sinkholes in Florida?

As pieces of the Sunshine State collapse in on themselves, new technology offers hope for early warning.

Lufa Farms

Can Urban Agriculture Work on a Commercial Scale?

An urban farm in Montreal is scaling the industry "with more software than farmers."

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41 Percent of American Workers Let Paid Vacation Days Go to Waste

Maybe because senior managers say they view employees who take vacation days as “less dedicated.”

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10 Insane Things the Pentagon Gave to Local Law Enforcement

The DoD has distributed everything from "extreme cold weather drawers" to San Diego police to grenade launchers to cops in a small Iowa county.  

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Drought Is Causing the Western U.S. to Rise Like an Uncoiling Spring

The massive loss of groundwater has caused a tectonic uplift of more than half an inch in some areas.

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Dangling From Extremely Tall Structures as Urban Sport

Watch daredevil and frequent arrestee James Kingston hang by one hand from a giant Indian crane just because he can.

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Remote-Controlled Moths Are Coming ... to the Rescue?

Scientists can now control the movement of "biobot" moths—and the applications could go far beyond saving your sweaters.  

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Every City Needs Hong Kong's Brilliant Baggage-Check System

In-town baggage service eliminates the hassle of hauling luggage to the airport or around the city.

Mark Byrnes/City Lab

Mapping Uber's Far-Flung Job Board

Dust off your resume. From L.A. to Sri Lanka, Uber needs help. 

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Why Are Women-Owned Businesses Such Small Businesses?

Women own 30 percent of private businesses but generate just 11 percent of sales. Several factors contribute to this. 

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Rich People Exercise, Poor People Take Diet Pills

More sustainable weight-loss strategies are accessible to those with means, but other factors contribute to the rise of obesity in poorer communities.  

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European Rail Should Learn From Airlines' Price-Slashing Measures

People are willing to forego some comfort and convenience if the price is right.

And Here's Your CityLab Editor Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge

Brrrrrrrr. 

'From Under the Rust'

Saving America's Ghost Trains

Can a band of locomotive experts rescue vintage railcars from ruin?

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It's Time for a Four-Day Workweek

Evidence shows that a seven-day week with a two-day weekend is an inefficient model.

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Who's in Charge in Ferguson?

There are six different agencies involved now. What could go wrong?