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Except for All the Details, Elon Musk's Hyperloop Sounds Awesome

Will more fully baked transportation projects be put on hold in hopes that Musk's still-fictional idea works out?

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How Race and Inequality Influence the Size of Urban Police Forces

Findings from the police staffing levels of 64 U.S. cities.

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In California, Transgender Students Get a Big Bathroom Win

In other toilet news, Juggalo porta-potties are disgusting, a Japanese toilet is hackable, and a man allegedly bombs a gas-station commode with a skunk.

The Atlantic Cities

Weird Floating Space Balls: The Next Big Thing in Street Art?

Orbs of colorful plastic, action figures and LEDs are popping up throughout San Francisco like the interstellar disco balls.

Nobutaka Aozaki

Meet the Man Trying to Save the Lost Art of Hand-Drawn Maps

Conceptual artist Nobutaka Aozaki asks New York tourists for directions scribbled on a napkin, receipt, or stray piece of paper.

Armin Rosen

Skopje's Strange Quest to Rewrite Its History ... Through Public Sculpture

The city's latest urban planning program is a heavy-handed attempt to impose unity where there is none.

Graphics by Arnorian/Photo by Dennis Dimick on Flickr

Transit Map of the Day: See the NYC Subway System From Above

Behold an aerial view of the complex and far-reaching NYC subway system.

Rob Ford: Still Behaving Badly

Passer-bys say Ford was boozing it up in public Friday night. And reports of a "suspicious" after hours visit to a local jail last spring have surfaced.

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200 Years of Books Prove That City-Living Changes Our Psychology

We are now more materialistic and individualistic.

Mystery Lung Fungus: Are You at Risk?

Valley fever is hard to diagnose, even harder to treat, and potentially fatal—and the number of cases is rising dramatically.

Associated Press

Has Anthony Weiner Bottomed Out Yet?

Eighty percent of New York state voters have an unfavorable opinion of him, an all-time low in the history of Siena College polls.

Reuters

Europe's New Tallest Residential Tower Doesn't Have a Functional Elevator

Thanks to a design flaw, the current lift can't reach the top half of the building. How does this even happen?

Reuters

What if the Rest of the World Used as Much Air Conditioning as Americans?

U.S. households use more energy for A/C than the rest of the world combined. But that's changing, fast.

Backyard Chickens May Have Jumped the Shark

$1,500 coops, $20 ceramic eggs, and other absurdities.

Adam Sadilek

Can Twitter Predict Where You'll Get Food Poisoning?

A new system tracks food illness by parsing mountains of geo-tagged data.

London Will Not Use Its Recycle Bins to Spy on You After All

The city canceled its plans to use its trash cans to track people as they walked by with their smartphones.

The Secret to D.C.'s Stunning Population Growth? Old People

Lessons on preserving the urban core from the nation's capital.

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You May Never Need to Pay Cash at a Tollbooth Again

Since the emergence of E-Z Pass twenty years ago, toll passes have remained largely a regional game. Not for long.

Bears Need Highway Overpasses, Too

Inside the dramatic world of transportation planning for wildlife.