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Baltimore's Day Off

The city's schools may have been closed, but Tuesday was still full of learning opportunities.

The History of 'Thug'

The surprisingly ancient and global etymology of a racially charged epithet.

Simulate the Experience of Actually Having a Friend With the 'Selfie Arm'

Get ready to cringe.

One 'Solution' to Urban Air Pollution: Let's Live in Bubbles

This architectural concept sounds like something from Under the Dome.

The Nepal Earthquake Moved the Whole City of Kathmandu 10 Feet

And it's not just the cities above a fault line that move as a result of the tectonic rupture.

Montreal's Interactive 375th Birthday Party Plans

An "augmented reality" app and series of short films—projected on city infrastructure—will tell the story behind Quebec's biggest city.

This Shirt Is Immune To Coffee Stains

Stop showing up to work wearing your morning cup of joe.

How Amateur Mappers Are Helping Recovery Efforts In Nepal

A crowdsourcing satellite-imagery site that made headlines when Malaysian Flight 370 disappeared last year is now being used to plot parts of Kathmandu in need of aid.

The Next Baltimore Orioles Game Will Be Closed to the Public

Amid unrest in Baltimore, the team will play Wednesday's game against the White Sox to an empty Camden Yards.

Your Water Footprint Is Bigger Than You Realize

A new calculator reminds us that every bite of food, every mile we drive, and every light switch we flip relies on the wet stuff.

New York Dims Its Lights to Stop Birds From Crashing Into Buildings

Hundreds of millions of migratory birds are disoriented by city lights, leading to a "fatal attraction" to brightly lit windows.

Baltimore Picks Itself Up After a Long, Violent Night

After hours of rioting around the city, the clean-up begins.

It's Easier Than Ever to Discover Your Home's History

A combination of national and local resources can help you learn what happened in your house generations ago.

The Temple That Survived Nepal's Earthquake Offers Lessons in Resilience

It wasn't a divine intervention that kept the ancient structure from being destroyed.

The History of Bed Bugs Is Long and Disgusting

Warning: The new book Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World, is guaranteed to make you itchy.

America Is Ready for Gay Marriage

As the Supreme Court hears arguments toward a landmark ruling on same-sex marriages, public opinion has already turned largely in favor of gay unions.  

Rise of the Fragmented City

Does the number of governments in a given metro area really matter?

'Rough Rides' and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture

Freddie Gray isn't the first person to be gravely injured while riding in a police van.

The Long Fuse Behind the Violence in Baltimore

The special distrust between Baltimore residents and police goes way back.