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The Right Way to Rent a Car

Tips from travel pros to avoid being a chump.

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Scrambling for High Ground in FEMA Flood Map Disputes

A complex cartographic process that affects flood insurance rates has stirred pushback in places like New York City and New Orleans.

S. M. Usman et al.

Hunt for Nuclear Reactors in the First Global Antineutrino Map

The tiniest particles known to science are rocketing out of the earth and our energy facilities.

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Forget Crosswalk Buttons, Pound the 'Walkbump'

The fist-shaped crosswalk activator begs you to give it some love.

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London's Worst Building

The Walkie Talkie has been named the ugliest British structure completed in the last 12 months, but there are reasons beyond aesthetics to dislike it.

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How Many Neighborhoods Is Too Many for One Map?

The lead cartographer for Mapbox answers the technological and philosophical questions of which ‘hoods make it onto a map.

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Another Argument for a Minimum Wage Hike: It Could Reduce Smoking

A 10 percent pay bump leads to a 5 percent drop in smoking rates among men, a new study finds.

Yannis Behrakis / Reuters

How to Actually Help the Refugees Flooding Into Europe

They don't need more clothes. But these contributions really do make a difference.

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A Glimpse of Earth in 10,000 Years

Climate change means the end of our world, but the beginning of another—one with a new set of species and ecosystems.

Callie Gesmundo

Even Fake Traffic Is Bad for Birds

A clever experiment reveals how highway noise drives songbirds out of forests and harms the ones that stay behind.

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Turning Toxic Algae Into Squishy Goods

A new company hopes to put record-breaking biomass blooms to more functional use in consumer goods.

Women's Tennis Association

We Are Living in the Era of Job Gentrification

Employers increasingly want Ivy League grads for minor-league jobs.

Christchurch Central Development Unit

In New Zealand, a Playground Designed for and by Kids

Earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 took a heavy toll on Christchurch, New Zealand. Now the city center is being rebuilt with a large new playground—one that local kids helped design.

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Jersey City's Innovative New Affordable Housing Plan Might Actually Work

The city wants to steer mixed-income development to all its neighborhoods with clever tax incentives.

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Late to the Bike-Share Party, L.A. Could End Up a Leader

The proposed system will become part of the city’s public transportation system—a first in the U.S.

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When America Hits Peak Fall Foliage released a map predicting the optimal times and places to see the leaves change in 2015.

Shawn Escoffery

New Orleans' Leading Affordable-Housing Developer Explains Its Lack of Affordable Housing

Pres Kabacoff clarifies the problems the city is having with accommodating its lowest-income families.


This Crazy-Detailed London Map Took 10 Years to Draw

The artist Fuller loaded the city with historical details, cryptic symbols, and his own memories.


Australia's Renegade Puffball Sheep Is Rescued and Sheared

Its humongous fleece has reportedly set a world record for weight.