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This Is How Fragile Peace Is in Ferguson

The atmosphere in the St. Louis suburb went from peaceful to tense early Wednesday morning.

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Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute?

Walkers, cyclists, and commuter-rail riders are much more satisfied than drivers and transit users.

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Making Better Digital Maps in an Era of Standardization

Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps.

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Even for the Pros, Fake ID Photos Are Tough to Catch

A new study shows that passport officials are pretty bad at catching fraudulent photo users.

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Police Cameras Won't Change Hearts and Minds in Ferguson

The city of Ferguson should get press cameras back into the air and name badges back onto officers. 

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Whites Have Confidence in Ferguson Investigations. Blacks, Not So Much.

There's a clear racial divide on faith in official inquiries regarding Michael Brown's shooting.

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This Flying Space Rock Is Way Bigger Than Los Angeles

The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is really big. Earthlings should study it now—before something similar comes knocking at our atmosphere.

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The Navy Is Tracking Ocean Sounds Collected by Scientists

A network of Internet-connected undersea microphones is picking up more than whale songs.

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Why the World Smells Different After It Rains

Behold, the wonders of petrichor.

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A New School Year, a New Racial Landscape

More than half of all public school students this fall will be Hispanic, Asian, African American, Native American, or multiracial.

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For Anything to Change, Missouri Should Consolidate St. Louis

It's time for leaders in Missouri to start flexing muscle where it can make a difference: in the political structure of St. Louis.

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The Arctic Is Losing an Alarming Amount of Snow

Snow depth on sea ice has fallen by as much as half in the past 50 years.

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Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars

The first of its kind in the U.S., the Tilikum Crossing will reflect the city's enduring transit culture.

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America's Wage Gap Just Keeps Getting Worse

Since the recession, low-income households have turned into low-income regions.

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Where Cash Buys Are Hitting the Housing Market Hardest

In cities across the nation, cash-and-carry buyers are still gobbling up houses at foreclosure—and luxury—prices.

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An Artist Brings NYC Back to the '80s on the G Train

"A New York Project" invites participants to step into New York City's past—starting with a pop-up subway party with the original Guardian Angels.

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What Underwater Canyons Can Teach Us About the Future of Urbanism

New measures to protect deep-sea ecosystems show a new "blue" approach to urban planning.

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A History of Police Uniforms—and Why They Matter

Uniforms have influenced interactions between cops and citizens since the start of American policing.

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Even When Police Do Wear Cameras, Don't Count on Seeing the Footage

Police officers in San Diego have started wearing body cameras, but the department routinely denies requests for the video.