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Is Civic Virtue Universal?

Not all cultures agree on what it means to be generous.

A Love Letter to the Fog of San Francisco

Clouds, more beautiful than you've ever seen them before.

A Chinese City Is Asking Private Companies to Pay Public Sector Salaries

Because it's broke.

New York Takes Aim at Terrorism With Odorless Gas Release in Subway

There was more gas than usual on the New York City subway system Tuesday morning, if that's even possible.

Streaming Fake Ambient Coffee Shop Noise Is Big in Seoul

Coffitivity lets you listen to the supposedly creativity-boosting buzz of the local coffee haunt in your home or office.

Love in a Time of Public Transportation

Prague is unveiling subway cars for singles. Is this something people really want?

137 World Landmarks in One Picture, and Other Crazy Google Maps Art

The Bay Area's Jenny Odell creates maddeningly complex sets of similar structures, like stadiums, nuclear plants and cargo ships.

Maybe Bowling Alone Isn't So Bad After All

How clubs and community choirs may have contributed to the rise of Nazi Germany.

Major Thunderstorms Plow Into Toronto, Flood the Streets

A sluggish and mean horde of storms on Monday evening put cars underwater in Ontario.

Reverse-Skeuomorphism of the Day: A Zoomable Paper Map

Watch out, Google.

This Huge Land Stain Near Calgary Was Made by Hail

A ferocious storm this weekend left a trail of hail 75 miles long in Alberta.

5 Minutes in the Life of a Sidewalk

A clever data visualization of how we move through shared space.

The Many Disguises of California's Cell Phone Towers

A "Where's Waldo" game that you can play on the freeway.

The Sochi Winter Olympics Just Got A Lot More Expensive — and Dicey

A top Chechen rebel is urging militants to "do their utmost to derail" the Games.

The Southwest's Forests May Never Recover From Megafires

"Abnormal" fire risks have become the new normal.

Is Being Able to Walk Around Your City a Right?

Inside The Hindu's fight to reclaim India's sidewalks for pedestrians.

The Best (and First?) Sci-Fi Novel Ever Set in a Wastewater Treatment Plant

An "ancient evil" has awoken in the Bay Area and is making life hell for sewage workers, according to a new novel by a real-life sewage professional.

Do We Really Need 'Sexy' Mass Transit Vehicles?

All else being equal, riders prefer good service to any particular mode.

Why Aliens Will Love Visiting D.C. Once All the Humans Are Gone

Ellen Harvey looks into the future and sees extraterrestrials amid neo-classical ruins.