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At This Point, Ferguson Is a City Under Siege

What's being described as a "riot" is looking a lot more like an occupation. 

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The Spooky, Bleached-Out American Flags on the Brooklyn Bridge Turn Out to Be Art

A Berlin-based art-action duo has been identified as the source of recently placed flags that incited security concerns and fear among New Yorkers. Here are some of their other stunts. 

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Where Private School Enrollment Is Highest and Lowest Across the U.S.

Nationally, only 10 percent of grade school kids attend private schools, but in some neighborhoods, it's the majority of children. 

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Why Can't the United States Build a High-Speed Rail System?

The problem isn't geography, demographics, or money—it's federal will.

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Brooklyn Wins New York's (Literal) Rat Race

MIT visualizes how the city is swarming with rodent-based complaints.

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For Many Small Farmers, Being Certified 'Organic' Isn't Worth the Trouble

The USDA certification is arduous to maintain, and some community farmers are finding alternate ways to assure buyers that their produce is pristine.

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Texas Wants to Use Public Funds to Develop Hovercars and Jetpacks

The Lone Star state has a radical plan to develop futuristic transportation—but the most radical part is a handover of $50 million taxpayer dollars to a think tank. 

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There's a Remarkably Strong Link Between Community Service and Happiness

A new study shows a big difference between those who serve their communities and those who don't. 

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Braving the New World of Performance-Based Zoning

Conventional zoning is an outdated barrier against good urbanism, but there's disagreement on the best way forward.

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It's Easier for Car Insurance Companies to Track Us Than They Let On

Even telematics "trackers" that don't have GPS can be used to determine a driver's location. 

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Can a 'Transit Mode' Stop Us From Texting While Driving?

A campaign suggesting users text a short code to friends before they drive is a start, but the solution to distracted driving is already built into our phones.

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Why Bottled Water Comes From California, Which Can't Spare Much

Dasani, Aquafina, and Crystal Geyser all dip into the Golden State's limited supply.

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Taxi Drivers' Latest Gambit Against Uber? Accuse It of Illegal Currency Trading

Cabbies argue Uber violates foreign-exchange laws by collecting fares in rupees and transferring them through a Dutch bank.

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The Bizarre History and Fiery End of Berlin's Iconic Abandoned Amusement Park

Communism, drug trafficking, arson—Spreepark saw it all. 

Pre-Ground Coffee Can Contain Corn, Soybeans, Twigs, Dirt

That's the unappetizing news from researchers analyzing java's chemistry.

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Tonight's Perseid Meteor Shower Should Be Visible in Even the Most Light-Polluted Cities

The best shower of the year is known for its intense, colorful "fireballs."

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What a Train Trip From L.A. to S.F. Can Teach Us About California's High-Speed Rail Future

The state is as likely a place as any to see the future of rail unfold.

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These Dogs Hunt NYC's Gnarliest Rats for Sport

For nearly a decade, one group has chased the city's most notorious pests with their faithful pets.

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The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean

Before you chuck your apartment to live on a boat, heed the wisdom of a man who lives alone at sea.