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Here's One Way Earthquake-Prone Cities Are Thinking Ahead

"Rival" ports across Puget Sound are using game-like simulations to plan their responses—before a big one hits.

'I Am Darren Wilson': St. Louis and the Geography of Fear

Who are the Wilson supporters?

Quantifying the Livable City

NYU's Constantine Kontokosta sees Big Data as a tool not just for saving energy—but for making cities healthier, more resilient, and more equitable.

London's Newest Building Seems to Be Floating Away

This architectural magic trick would make David Copperfield proud.

Hong Kong Protesters Finally Sit Down With Government Reps—and Nobody Is Satisfied

Political leaders seemed to admit that they are relatively powerless.

When and Where Does the Internet Sleep?

A peek at the global rhythm of Internet usage.

Can the Homeless Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?

There are more than 16,000 vacant homes in the city. Are they the solution to the long-standing housing crisis?

2014: The Warmest Year in Recorded History?

All it would take is for the remaining months to have average temperatures.

What If We Had Measured Poverty Differently for the Past 50 Years?

The Census' Supplemental Poverty Measure paints a different picture of the poor and the social safety net.

Mapping the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

A new tool called Urban Layers tracks Manhattan's rise, block by block, since 1765.

How Skyrocketing Development in Texas Could Suck the State Dry

The Lone Star State is losing open space faster than any other, and that's bad news for the water cycle.

What a Hacker Can Learn About You From a Coffee Shop's WiFi

Over public networks, the barrier to your personal details is pretty darn low.

Berlin Wants to Build a Pool in the Middle of the City's River

The Flussbad Berlin project represents a bold, new imagining of what a metropolitan river can be.

Why Is Italy's 'National Mall' So Unwelcoming?

Caserta's La Reggia palace and grounds could bring new energy and a sense of ownership to citizens of a tourist destination—if only it wasn't so hard to get in.

The Gods Are Watching You Pee, So Don't Do It in Public

How ceramic tiles featuring deities might curb an Indian health hazard: Public urination.

Why New Yorkers Can't Find a Taxi When It Rains

Cabbies might quickly make enough to call it a day. Or they might not think it's worth it to be out at all.

The Hong Kong Protesters Who Won't Negotiate

Violence erupted this weekend in densely packed Mong Kok, where a lack of leadership complicates efforts at a resolution.

San Francisco Experiments with Miniature Street Art

Teeny graffiti gets raised to high art.

Mapping Where Jimmy John's Ex-Employees Are Forbidden to Make Sandwiches

It might be simpler to mark where an ex-Jimmy Johnner CAN legally put meat on sub roll.