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Can Your Language Influence Your Spending, Eating, and Smoking Habits?

An absurd-sounding claim leads to a surprising finding.

One Map, A World of Temperatures

Microclimates and macroclimates, blended together in a gorgeous app.

Chinese Tourists Aren't as Hot on the U.S. and France as They Are on South Korea

There's plenty of buzz about Chinese tourists flocking to Paris for luxury goods. But the top tourist destinations are a bit closer to home.

Riding the Dubai Metro Is Like Driving a Porsche

How to sell public transit in a city that loves its luxury cars.

No, Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Retail Business

They may even bring in more customers, according to a recent Seattle case study.

There Are a Lot of Ways to Visualize Stop-and-Frisk. This One Is the Best

BKLYNR's "All the Stops" feature visualizes stop-and-frisk data independent of its geography.

The Strange Tale of an Uber Car Crash and What It Means for the Future of Auto Insurance

When you're hitching a ride with Uber, Sidecar, or Lyft, it's not always clear who's liable in the event of an accident.

Yes, Amsterdam Really Did Banish an Entire Family to a Shipping Container 'Scum Village'

The city has sent a "socially disruptive" family to Zeeburger Island, an ex-industrial port zone monitored by a heavy police presence.

Superlative of the Day: Japan Wants to Build the World's Tallest Ferris Wheel

It would be nearly twice the size of the London Eye.

Most of the World's Tallest Buildings Game the System With 'Vanity Height'

Is all that space actually a waste?

Mapping the 'Geography' of the Internet

The Internet isn't a place where everyone shouts at each other. It's a collection of lots of small places where people are chatting among themselves.

How 5 Decades of Hispanic Immigration Gave Miami Its Own Unique English Dialect

Even native English speakers now sound slightly Latino. 

What Austerity Looks Like in Lisbon

The once-bustling capital is now floundering.

A Solar Building That Twists and Turns to Face the Sun

A Roman concept building would eliminate one of the major problems of solar panels – immobility.

China's Newest Market Opportunity: Pollution Control

DIY entrepreneurs have developed ingenious—and affordable—products to satisfy the public's insatiable demand for pure air.

Tokyo's Winning 2020 Olympics Bid Will Only Worsen Japan's Debt Headache

The city estimates the Games will cost between $5 and $6 billion and include the construction of 21 new sporting venues.

A Succinct History of 220 Years of U.S. Population Growth, in 52 Seconds

An animation of western expansion.

Can London Protect Cyclists From the Danger of Trucks?

A whopping 53 percent of bicycle deaths in the city involved trucks.

One City's Long, Ongoing Struggle to Launch a Transit System

Arlington, Texas, recently got its first bus line — but it's hardly a comprehensive approach to public transportation.