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An Innovative, If Evil Way to Mess With Public Advertising

Ever want to turn an annoying billboard into a sliced-up mess? Here's how.

Where College Majors Actually End Up Working

Your graphic-design degree could lead to a job in a funeral parlor.

Will Self-Driving Cars Have Road Rage?

Technically they could. But in a driverless world we probably won't want them to.

Why Do We Love Manhattanhenge So Much?

Where nature meets the grid, we find an ancient way of connecting with the cosmos. 

MIT's Newest Invention Fits All the Furniture You Need in One Closet-Sized Box

And you can control it all with voice and gesture commands.

A Cemetery's Revival Signals 'Womb to Tomb' City Services

The coming wave of global urban growth will also produce a massive wave of urban death. This city in the Philippines has ideas for how to handle it.

Why Some Cities Shouldn't Give Up on the Olympics

Dictators and democracies bid to host the Olympic Games for different reasons. Cities that could use an autocrat's touch are right to reach for Olympic glory.

Would You Pay $1,000 Once to Get Free Beer for Life?

A brewpub and a coffee shop in Minnesota's Twin Cities have used this one-time payment method to save their businesses. And there's no reason to think the model can't spread.

This Commuting Backpack Is Designed Not to Wrinkle Your Work Clothes

Part suit bag, part messenger bag.

They 3D-Printed the Future Skyline of San Francisco

A projection system can map traffic patterns and demographics over the ersatz city, too.

5 Crucial Principles for 21st Century Transportation Systems

Handling tomorrow's mega-trends means rethinking today's infrastructure.

A Better Way to Camouflage Eyesores

Researchers are developing algorithms that can generate "invisibility cloaks" for ugly objects like utility boxes.

The Economic Data Hidden in Nighttime Views of City Lights

Getting satellite luminosity data right could help us better understand what works and what doesn't in urban development.

The 'Vast Majority' of American Adults Are Overweight

The rest of the planet isn't doing so well staying skinny, either.

The Real Rules of Engagement on the Subways of Europe

This summer travel season, don't forget that metro etiquette varies widely between cities. 

Rahm Emanuel Proposes Videotaping All Gun Purchases

The Chicago mayor is introducing the proposal today at a city council meeting.

Beetles and Climate Change Helped Create This Huge Wildfire in Alaska

The fire is now bigger than Manhattan and the city of Chicago combined. 

China's Fight Against Pollution Is Good For the Air But Bad For the Economy (For Now)

Chinese policymakers are getting so serious about air pollution that their efforts are hurting GDP performance.

Why the 'Garden City' Is Making an Unlikely Comeback

"Suburbs are like cholesterol," says Robert A.M. Stern — there's good and there's bad, all to be sensibly calibrated.