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Californians Will Have to Get Comfortable With Purified 'Toilet-to-Tap' Water

The golden state's historic drought is forcing residents to reconsider the "yuck factor" of wastewater re-use.

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Want a Phone-Free Flight? You May Have to Pay Extra

Airlines can now allow passengers to make in-flight calls—and they're looking to charge you to travel in peace.

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The Robots Are Coming, but Are They Coming for Our Jobs?

Experts are split on whether artificial intelligence will boost—or decimate—the economy.

Associated Press

The Pot Industry Is Growing a Startup Culture

Small companies are stepping up to fill the needs of the evolving legal-weed economy—there's even a Yelp-style app.

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In Singapore, Senior Citizens Can Now Stop Traffic

As the county joins the ranks of "super-aged" nations, its new Green Man Plus program is using tech to give older pedestrians extra time to cross busy streets.

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Will Florida Get Pushed Out of the New Space Age?

To keep up with SpaceX and others, the historic Space Coast must adapt to commercial needs. 

Square Enix

There's a Housing Crisis Looming in Final Fantasy XIV

A new feature in this massive online game that promises a personal home for every player might turn out to be a housing nightmare.

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Cigarette Butts: Fodder for the Future's Green Tech?

Korean researchers may have uncovered an innovative use for tar-stained filters.

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Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods

A new study finds that neighborhoods that are more than 40 percent black are far less likely to gentrify.

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How Outdated Parking Laws Price Families Out of the City

Bundling parking with living space structurally raises the cost of urban life.

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Why Airline Maps All Look the Same

Since we're not the ones navigating, do we really need geographically accurate diagrams?

Lauren Quock

Public Bathrooms Are Gender Battlegrounds, Mostly Due to Terrible Signage

Well-designed, simple signs can solve real problems for gender-nonconforming people while diffusing political noise. 

This House Listed for Sale in Detroit Looks Pretty Haunted

Detroit's Neighbors Wanted program is showing signs of success in turning around the city's vacant homes—some of which are more un-neighborly than others.

AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.

Long Live the Moped, the Scrappy King of Indian Roads

As souped-up scooters and small motorcycles flood the nation's two-wheeler market, the humble moped remains a resilient option for city transport.

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How Much Do Hurricanes Hurt the Economy?

Climate-change researchers say the idea that weather disasters can improve infrastructure through "creative destruction" is a myth, and project that future storms may run the planet nearly $10 trillion.

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The Ideal Commute Is Not Actually No Commute

It's normal for people to want a little time to detach from the workplace.

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The Evolution of Slang

For a century and a half, The New York Times has been earnestly—and hilariously—defining the evolving language of cities. 

Matt Stroud

When 'Right-Sizing' Vacant Properties Goes Wrong

In Clarksburg, West Virginia, a seemingly successful move to demolish disused buildings and free up land has landlords crying foul. 

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The Drought-Ravaged West Sprouts a Massive Pyrocumulus

This stunning cloud was caused by updrafts from wildfires.