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How to Follow the Iceland and Papua New Guinea Volcano Eruptions

Webcams, Twitter, and data visualizations show you what's going on with Bárðarbunga and Mount Tavurvur.

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People in a Hurry Choose Uber Over Traditional Cabs

In San Francisco, unlike with taxis, people rarely wait more than 10 minutes for a ride service.

Anthony Flint

Beachfront in the Time of Climate Change

It's the end of the summer, but it's starting to feel like the end of an era. 

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What Mitch McConnell Gets Wrong About the Minimum Wage

A minimum-wage increase will be a boon to tens of thousands of workers in San Francisco, D.C., and other cities. These hikes don't stymie business—in fact, they don't go far enough to address inequality.

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A Pot That Makes Plants Too Adorable to Neglect

Are you guilty of forgetting your succulents? Meet Rainy Pot.

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Cape Town's Universal Wi-Fi Program Isn't Ambitious Enough

It offers too little data—and, with a completion date of 2030, too late.

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St. Louis Is Growing More Diverse, Just Not in Majority-Black Areas

Rust Belt cities like St. Louis want to attract more immigrants, but few are integrating into African-American neighborhoods.

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The Many Ways to Map the Islamic 'State'

Is ISIS carving out borders by controlling infrastructure? It depends on your definition of 'control.'

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You Should Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

Anticipation of a new experience is the best part, new data shows.

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This Year, We'll See Big Differences in the Roles of Cops in U.S. Schools

As classes resume, school districts around the country try different approaches toward police on campus. 

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College-Educated Minorities Report Far Fewer Good-Paying Job Opportunities Than Whites

The other education gap. 

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The Memphis Airport Is on a Mission to Become Its Own City

But whether America's cargo capital can support a real urban center remains to be seen.

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The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?

Houston can't quit the Eighth Wonder of the World—but it can't quite decide what to do with it, either.

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Shanghai to San Francisco in Under Two Hours? Don't Hold Your Breath

Chinese scientists say super-fast submarine technology could achieve torpedo speeds for passengers. File this one under fascinating but unlikely. 

Reine Chahine

In Beirut, People Are Finally Venturing to Public Parks

Decades of conflict left Lebanon without public parks. Now activists are trying to bring them back. 

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Barcelona Organizes Against 'Binge Tourism'—and Eyes a Street Protester for Mayor

Neighborhood organizers in the city's Barceloneta neighborhood band together to demand a crackdown on an unruly tourism industry. Is this the beginning of a new civic revolution?

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Mobileye Wants to Drive Your Car for You

The software company's self-guided technology can help cars avoid collisions, detect pedestrians, and interpret street signs and traffic lights.

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Is There a Better Way to Measure Earthquakes?

The logarithmic magnitude scale is confusing to many, but it's here to stay. 

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'Parentrepreneurs' Combat Hot-Car Deaths With New Baby-on-Board Tech

Car manufacturers' efforts have been fruitless, so entrepreneurs are developing ways to save children's lives.