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Unsolicited Political Advice of the Day: Mitt for Mayor!

And other juicy tidbits.

This Tiny Robot Makes Street Signs Much Prettier

An urban hacker from Tokyo thinks street poles should look like candy canes, and he's built the 'bot to do that.

How You Describe Yourself Depends on Where You're From

According to LinkedIn, Americans think of themselves as "creative," Brazilians are "experimental," and in Indonesia, "multinational" is the top descriptor.

When Calling Someone Australian Is Racist

An international incident sheds light on the trans-Tasman rivalry with New Zealand and the limits of criminalizing speech.

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The Dumps, Train Tracks and Polluted Water Where Kids Play

With enough imagination, anything can be a playground.

Iwan Baan

Architecture for the Rest of Us

A public interest design firm sells the craft beyond the elite.

MPI's Zara Matheson

The Leading U.S. Cities for LGBT Equality

They are mostly found on the coasts, according to a new study.

A Christmas 'Tree' That Projects Videos, Lights, Even Sound

This eco-friendly sculpture re-imagines the classic city square decoration.

This Time-Altering Helmet Slows Down the Pace of City Life

It might not give you Matrix-style bullet-dodging skills, but this German invention could cause you to walk into an open manhole.

Reuters

Why India's Big City Shopping Malls Are Dying Out

The recession, coupled with obscenely high rents, are forcing superstores out of business.

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How Our Current Tax System Is Failing Cities

Levying fees on income and property just isn't working anymore. Cities need to be able to charge people who commute in.

Reuters

Airports: Where the Jobs Are

17 percent of American workers work within 10 miles of a major airport.

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A Startling Number of Americans Use Social Media in the Toilet

Also in this Toilet Tuesday: researchers discover that men experience more "stress" than women when using public bathrooms.

High-Speed Video of the Day: Dozens of Jets Landing at Heathrow

Pretty efficient, contrary to popular opinion.

Would You Ride a Bike That Sounded Like a Trotting Horse?

It's a Monty Python gag, of course.

How Car Insurance Could Actually Convince Us to Drive Less

Letting companies monitor how and how much you drive will save you money, and generate huge spillover benefits.

Reuters

La Pedrera Becomes a Building-Sized Canvas

Gaudi's famous architectural wonder celebrates its 100th birthday in style.

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This New Bike Light Goes the Distance

The attachment projects a symbol 20 feet ahead of the bike, enhancing presence for oncoming traffic and lane mergers.

Jeremy Papasso/Reuters

The Geography of Gun Violence in Cities and Metros

What we learn when we zoom in on the data.