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Navigating the Future of the L.A. River, by Kayak

An unusual trip down the city's long-dormant waterway hints at an exciting, if complicated, rebirth. 

(All photos by Ben Marcin)

A Photo Project Ponders Skyscrapers Without a Skyline

An artist obsessed with capturing lonesome structures takes on tall, urban buildings.

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Indian Mobile Services Are Now Charging Users Like Cable Companies—One Site at a Time

"Unbundling the internet" could save consumers money by linking them to only their favorite websites.

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Climate Change Could Cause More Kidney Stones

Doctors say that hotter weather is linked with everybody's favorite cause of blood in the urine, and that kids could be most affected.

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Agent Orange Ingredient Could Soon Be Used to Kill Superweeds

Dow Chemical is pushing an herbicide that contains a component used as a weapon in the Vietnam War.

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How a Tiny Record Label Jump-Started One Midwestern City's Arts Economy

Asthmatic Kitty Records has enmeshed its own growth with building up Indianapolis' cultural infrastructure.

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Teens Are Having a Hard Time Getting Summer Jobs

Since working over school breaks can predict future job prospects, this matters. 

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Meet the Jersey Shore's Giant Algal Blob

The massive bloom floating in the Atlantic seemingly exploded out of nowhere.

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In 1914, Baltimore Wanted You to Know It Was the Best City Ever

A digitally preserved program from the city's Star Spangled Banner centennial festivities boasts about an unparalleled new sewer system, among other amenities.

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Transportation Projects Don't Need to Take as Long as They Do

Using "lean" concepts, urban mobility can evolve as rapidly as iPhone apps.

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Google Maps Has Finally Added a Geodesic Distance Measuring Tool

Helicopter owners and tech-savvy birds, rejoice. You can now map the literal shortest distance to your destination.

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Car Insurance Companies Want to Track Your Every Move—and You're Going to Let Them

The future of the average insured driver lies in telematics. 

Constantine Valhoulis

New York City Musical References, Mapped

Music is embedded in the streets, like the streets are embedded in the music.

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Hey, Congress, Oregon Has Your Long-Term Highway Funding Solution Right Here

The state has released a brief policy history of its pay-per-mile program.

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Surrealism Comes to Milan with Garbage-Bag Balloons

It's an experiment that might not immediately catch on in the fashion-conscious city.

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Liven Up Your Next Party with Cricket Chips

Well, it really depends on how your friends feel about eating bugs.

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Even the IOC Wants Tokyo to Scale Down Plans for 2020

Efforts to save the city's 56-year-old National Stadium won't stop the wrecking ball, but rising costs are forcing officials to pull back on building new venues.

Kriston Capps

The Nerd Garage of Your Dreams

With state-of-the-art equipment and courses on 3-D printing and personal prototyping, TechShops could change the face of manufacturing. 

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The Last, Great Gasp of the American Station Wagon

Few true station wagons remain on the roads, but the imprint of their design influence is everywhere.