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NCDC

A Reality Check on the Hottest Times of Year Across America

Mapping when temperatures hit the max all over the U.S.

MYBELL/Kickstarter

Perhaps You'd Prefer a Bike Horn That Yells at People

When a simple "ding" is not enough.

Aaron Hockley/Flickr

A Surprising Number of Bank Robbers Use Mass Transit for Their 'Getaway'

In the modern city, criminality meets multimodality.

WRNS Studio

A Great Place to Put Community Health Clinics: Fire Stations

A new firehouse clinic in California shows how an abundant but under-used public resource—fire stations—can be made even more useful for a community.

Reuters/Brendan McDermid

How to Build Community Spirit Through Public Nudity

And other civics lessons from Reykjavík's unconventional former mayor.

Library of Congress

How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women's Rights

The technology craze of the 1890s meant fashion freedom and transportation independence.

Extell

Why Can't We Build Skinny Skyscrapers Everywhere?

The limits to how tall and thin towers can be has more to do with markets than engineers.

U.S. Government Printing Office/HistoryShots

A Brilliantly Restored 19th Century Visualization of U.S. City Population Shifts

A map and data enthusiast found this colorful chart that tracks where the United States grew and shrunk between 1790 and 1890. 

Photo by Flickr user 5nap

Russians Will Vote by App on the Fate of a Modernist Moscow Landmark

The government wants to dismantle the tower, but the structure's fans are pushing for restoration.

Debra Bruno

Beijing's Famed Street-Food Scene Struggles to Survive

The city's barbecue alleys are up against government regulation—and changing tastes.

Ana de Sousa/Shutterstock.com

Every American Killed by Lightning So Far in 2014 Has Been Male

Sometimes Mother Nature can be so sexist.

Flickr user noise64

Why Public Transit Is Not Living Up to Its Social Contract

Too many agencies favor suburban commuters over inner-city riders.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe

Pretty well, actually. 

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

A Win for the U.S. World Cup Team Is a Win for U.S. Bars and Restaurants

For several bars in Washington, D.C., sales have jumped 50 percent during World Cup games. The U.S. should win for pride. It should also win for the economy.

Food Huggers

Simple Reusable Food Savers to Keep Your Summer Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Food Huggers promise “less waste, more taste."

Cruise Automation

This Gadget Allows Regular Cars to (Almost) Drive Themselves

While several car manufacturers (and Google) are working on building autonomous cars, a startup is looking for another way to go driverless.

Patrick Fallon/Reuters

Where the War on Drugs Is Actually Like a War Zone

A new report from the ACLU shows how U.S. law-enforcement agencies are prosecuting an increasingly militarized War on Drugs, especially in majority-minority communities.

Flickr/Carlos Gomez

Does San Francisco's Smart Parking System Reduce Cruising for a Space?

By most measures, yes. By one big one, maybe not.

Radius Books/Alex Webb

Faces of a Shrinking Company Town

A new photography book explores Rochester in the 12 months following Kodak's bankruptcy filing.