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To Save Lives, Shake Up Traffic Signs

A new study finds that "active" road signs may make drivers more attentive.

The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record'

Police-worn body cameras may be necessary, but we still need citizens who are brave enough to capture video of conflict.

An Easy Way to Add Outlets Everywhere

A new power system called Thread adds outlets to any room without construction.

Understanding Urban Coyotes, One Photo at a Time

A new photojournalism project documents the quiet spread of these maligned predators into cities.

Let's Give the World Clean Energy With Cow Vests

The "Cowolt" would use cattle's body heat to charge phones and lamps.

Shot in the Back, 15 Feet Away

Video footage taken by a bystander played a key role in the arrest of a North Charleston police officer on murder charges Tuesday.

How Suburban Cars Are Clouding Up Cities

Carbon emissions from cars continue to climb in urban metros because of commuters.

Rich People Are Great at Spending Money to Make Their Kids Rich, Too

The poor spend relatively more on what will keep them alive, because they must, and the rich spend more on what will keep them rich, because they can.

The Social Costs of Driving in Vancouver, in 1 Chart

A new data tool shows society pays $9.20 for every dollar spent in a car.

2015's Most Walkable U.S. Cities

Miami and Detroit—yes, Detroit—make serious strides in Walk Score's newest rankings.

Why a Seattle Suburb Legally Defined What a 'Family' Is

A new zoning code in Bellevue will allow "single-housekeeping units" in single-family homes, but no student boarders.

Why L.A.'s $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Case Is Such a Big Deal

Los Angeles isn't the only jurisdiction that's been forced to confront its sidewalk problems by disability-rights advocates, and it won't be the last.

Los Angeles Just Solved the Street Parking Sign

Least. Confusing. Parking sign. Ever.

What Education Can and Can't Do for Economic Inequality

A new study looks at whether or not a college degree can chip away at income disparities.

Every UFO Sighting Since 1933, Mapped

This animated data viz reveals that aliens don't shy away from cities.

The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction

The bladeless "Windwheel" would have a hotel and an odd kind of roller coaster.

An Extremely Detailed Geography of Climate Change Beliefs

Who's most worried about global warming in America?

What Growing Up in a Segregated L.A. Neighborhood Means to Young Latinos

New research examines how second-generation immigrants assimilate into rough urban environments.

Scientists Are Arguing About When, Exactly, Humans Started to Rule the Planet

A new study argues it happened all the way back when we invented farming.