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Los Angeles Times

Why Boston's Girl Scout Cookies Suck Compared to NYC's

An L.A. Times investigative report reveals that not all Thin Mints are created equal.

Michael Clark

Route 66 by Bicycle: The Complete Guide

The Adventure Cycling Association has just put out six detailed maps and brochures for cyclists planning to tackle the historic highway.

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The Amtrak 'Pet Car' Just Got One Step Closer to Reality

The U.S. House passed a bill that would allow train passengers to carry-on cats and dogs.

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Which Lucky Tree Will Be Crowned 'European Tree of the Year' Tomorrow?

We're rooting for the Slovakian mulberry.

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The Secrets in Sewage

What can a city's waste reveal about the health of its population?

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Pretty Much All of Your Weird Germ-Avoidance Behaviors Are Pointless

Kicking toilet handles to flush, holding your breath after someone sneezes—scientists explain how we're doing it all wrong.

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Why Are We Still Calling Postal Workers 'Mailmen'?

It's an outdated way to refer to letter carriers, of whom more than a third are women.

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Your Credit Card Is Now Your Fare Card on the Mumbai Metro

Adoption of similar mass transit technology in the U.S. may not be far off.

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A Novel Solution to Public Urination: Walls That Splash Pee Right Back at You

Hamburg's St. Pauli nightlife quarter deals with more than its fair share of rogue urinators. Residents there are hoping liquid-resistant paint will help.

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Why L.A.'s Fog Is Disappearing

A new study says warming caused by urbanization is to blame.

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When the Path to Homeownership Runs Through Public Housing

A federal government program is trying to turn our nation of low-income renters into future homeowners by helping them build up savings accounts.

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9 Super-Annoying Things You Do At Restaurants, According to Restaurant Workers

Pro tip: They can tell when you're faking that food allergy.

Belatchew Arkitekter

This Strange Stockholm Wind Farm Generates Power Through Writhing Tentacles

The proposed "Strawscraper" would create energy from the gyration of thousands of follicles.

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There's a Simple Solution to the Smithsonian's Ban on Selfie Sticks

Museums have long devised methods of accommodating visitors who annoy others.

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How Real-Estate Brokers Can Profit From Racial Tipping Points

A new paper looks at the science of a craven question: When does it make business sense to leverage racial fears?

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How Citymaps Could Make Yelp Obsolete

The newly global mapping app shows destinations in their full urban context.

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The Forgotten Story of America's First EMT Services

A new documentary tells how a paramedic unit from a troubled part of Pittsburgh became a national model.

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Scientists Agree: In Case of Zombie Outbreak, Leave the City

Researchers at Cornell University modeled what would actually happen if zombies attacked. Spoiler: The news is not good for city-dwellers.

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How Boycotts Hurt the Cities They Are Supposed to Help

Boycotts can be effective, but they need to reflect the demography, economy, and culture of the regions they target.