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Simon Smith

London, Then and Now (1927 to 2013)

Filmmaker Simon Smith came up with a clever way to show how much (or little) the city has changed over the last century.

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The Case of California's Disappearing Snow

This year, there's virtually no powder on the ground in the drought-stricken state.

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A San Francisco Man Just Proposed With His Bike Route

A labor of love.

Reuters

Almost No Americans Die From Lightning Strikes Anymore. Why?

In the middle of the 20th century, hundreds of Americans died each year from lightning strikes. Now, fewer than 30 do. What gives?

REUTERS

Marijuana Arrests in Colorado Have Plummeted 77 Percent Since 2012

Law enforcement have largely respected the will of Colorado voters—and then some. 

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Private Donors Try to Save Detroit's Art Collection From Bankruptcy Auctions

Nine philanthropic foundations pledged $330 million in exchange for transferring ownership from the city.

Reuters

Arresting Photos of Indonesia's Erupting Mount Sinabung

Since September, more than 25,000 people from 32 different villages have taken refuge in government provided shelters.

Reuters

The 'Ruralization' of Urban Areas

The distinction between city and countryside is disappearing, creating a raft of new problems that disproportionately hurt women.

Reuters

How Egyptian Riots and the Greek Recession Are Fueing London's Property Boom

The city appeals to wealthy foreigners seeking a "safe haven."

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What the Interstate Highway System Should Have Looked Like

Two separate road networks: one running between cities and one running within them.

Reuters

Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food

Low-income people are 27 percent more likely to be hospitalized for hypoglycemia right before paychecks and benefits come out.

REUTERS

Florida Might Revamp the State's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Now, it'll protect people who fire warning shots.

UT Arlington

One Day, Your Phone Could Be Powered by 'Micro Windmills'

The nano-turbines are so small that hundreds could fit inconspicously on a phone's sleeve.

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A Century Later, the Expensive Lesson of Reversing the Chicago River

Running the numbers on a proposal to separate the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

Zara Matheson

Why Big Cities Matter in the Developing World

They can act as economic engines for entire countries.

The Forum

The World's Largest Vinyl Record Spins Atop an L.A. Concert Venue

It’s 407 feet in diameter.

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How to Make Cities Happier Places

It's (relatively) easy: Add green space.

Detroit Gets Ready for the Auto Show

Car companies show off their newest rides for an event that could generate more than $350 million for the local economy.

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5 Principles for Building Greener, Healthier Cities

A solutions-oriented approach.