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How Residents Cope When Detroit Shuts Off Water for 100,000 People

Some run dry. Others pay $30 for plumbers to illegally turn the taps back on.

Looking to Fund a Clean Energy Project? You Need a Green Bank

New state-run investment funds could create a real marketplace for alternative energy projects—and bring down costs for all of us.

Toledo Does a Double Demolition of Smokestacks

These old coal stacks hit the ground with a deeply enjoyable whumpf.

To End California's Drought, More Than 1 Foot of Rain Needs to Fall in a Month

Rain that will likely never arrive, that is.

States with Better 'Business Climates' Also Have Higher Inequality

There's a clear connection between economic inequality and low-tax, pro-business policies.

NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To

The city is paying a steep price to build the much-needed new line, and will pay a steeper one if it fails to finish.

Maps Designed to Stop Gas Explosions—and Help the Climate

The Environmental Defense Fund teams with Google Earth to detect hidden methane leaks.

Milwaukee Gets the Magnum Photos Treatment in a New Exhibit

Some of the world's best photographers spent time in Wisconsin's biggest city to produce "Postcards from America: Milwaukee."

Six Californias, One Super City-State

One venture capitalist's dream to divide California into six states—while consolidating much of its power into one.

Coming Soon: A Mattress Store With No Salespeople

It'll be like a vending machine—but for beds.

The Many Languages of Transit Platform Signs

There's no one way to show riders the way, but some are better than others.

Here's How NASA Thinks We Will Find Aliens

The agency thinks we'll find life on other planets soon, but we may not be exchanging messages for a while.

How Many LGBT Americans Are There? Depends on How You Ask

Survey language affects how people answer polls about sexuality, which makes it harder to ascertain the needs of LGBT populations.

How to Survive as a Bike Messenger in NYC

Ever wonder about the inner life of the pizza delivery guy?

The Little-Studied Link Between 'Murder Capitals' and Population Decline

Cities with high homicide rates share a major demographic trait. But we don't know nearly enough about how it works. 

Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, Reimagined as Wild-Looking Housing

It surely wouldn't work, but this plan to address Brazil's housing crisis is a good example of dreaming big.

The U.S. Has Quietly Made Some Remarkable Advances in Fuel-Efficiency

Standards developed over the past decade offer reasons for optimism.

On This Day in 1910, New York's Monorail Suffered a Grievous Wreck

A sad tale of extremely poor transportation planning.

Your Building's Roach Problem Is a Family Affair

The German cockroaches plaguing your kitchen are mostly close relatives, a finding that could help scientists stop them from spreading disease.