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The 'Rubber Duck' Artist Must Be Stopped

The inflatable spectacles of Florentijn Hofman don't belong in every harbor in the wide world.

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Urban Farming Is Not Making San Francisco's Housing Crisis Worse

Community agriculture can improve vacant lots—and it won’t stop anyone from building housing.

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It's Tough Out There for Renters, But Most Americans Still Want More Options to Buy a Home

Just about everybody thinks they'd be better off with more housing to buy than more apartments to rent, according to the State of the City poll.

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More Than Half of D.C. Schools Are Exposed to Gunfire

A new ShotSpotter report reveals troubling data, but authorities hope this tech can be used to find solutions.

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Introducing the World's First National Digital Currency

Ecuador will begin distributing a yet-to-be-named digital currency in December. Will it wean the nation off the U.S. dollar?

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From Bratwurst to Bollywood: The Changing Face of St. Louis

Indian doctors and engineers are settling in the Midwestern city's suburbs, helping offset decades of population decline.

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Stare into the Glowing Mouth of the Bardarbunga Volcano

NASA satellites capture the fiery action inside Iceland's lava-gusher.

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The Sharing Economy Comes to the Umbrella

A high-tech beacon encourages not-at-all awkward encounters with wet strangers.

Reuters/Rick Wilking

The Increasingly Bloated American Dream

American homes are getting bigger and bigger. But it doesn't need to be that way. 

Shannon Galpin

Biking Toward Women's Rights in Afghanistan

Every day, the Women's National Cycling Team of Afghanistan faces ridicule and threats. And still they ride—with their eyes on the 2020 Olympics.

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The Most Important Transportation Innovation of the Decade Is the Smartphone

So why don't cities and transit agencies take more advantage of it?

Msingi Sasis

Exploring Nocturnal Nairobi

A photographer finds beauty in a city's declining commercial center. 

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The Next Telecommunications Frontier Is Here—and It's All In Your Head

Forget Skype. Direct, brain-to-brain communication is possible. 

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The Majority of Urban Parents in the U.S. Say They Struggle to Meet Household Expenses

And fully 17 percent said they consistently don't have enough to cover basic costs. 

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Think the Southwest's Drought Is Bad Now? It Could Last a Generation

Assessing the probability of an "unprecedented 50-year megadrought."

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The Milky Way's 'City' Just Got a New Name

Astronomers have named and mapped the supercluster of galaxies that contains our own. 

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Universal Preschool Won't Help Americans Enter the Middle Class

Students need continued support outside the classroom through strong summer programs and after-school care.

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Growing Weed in America's Industrial Cornfields

The same tech that’s helping farmers with legal crops is a boon to the agricultural underworld.

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Police Departments Keep Losing Their Humvees and Assault Rifles

If cops can't keep track of their military equipment, should they have it in the first place?