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The U.S. Metros With the Most Political Influence

In 2012, just 10 counties - out of 3,000 - were responsible for 30 percent of contributions made by individuals to national candidates.


These Pictures Capture Just How Horrifying China's Smog Situation Is Right Now

Cold weather brought brutal levels of air pollution to the country's north.


Global Warming Is Spreading Venomous Spiders All Over the U.K.

This exemplifies how humans are distorting the ecosystem.

Peter Alexander

L.A's Sprawling Modernism, and the Places That Came Before

A new exhibit explores how the mid-20th century fundamentally changed the face of Los Angeles.


The Geographic Distribution of China's Last Names, in Maps

Despite its massive population, China's list of common last names is very small. Here's where people with these names are.


White Collar Criminals Don't Appear to Do Worse Behind Bars Than Any Other Type of Prisoner

A new study challenges what criminologists call the "special sensitivity hypothesis" of white collar offenders.

New York City

Exploring the Hilarious Noise Complaints of 1930s New York

The irritating sounds of Manhattan's Jazz Age included yelping newsboys, river dredgers, a marching band of orphans, and a fog siren.


Yes, the Internet Is Taking Up Time You Used To Spend With Actual People

Fresh data for the debate on social capital in the digital era.


In Terms of Political Protest, It Doesn't Get Much Ruder Than a Big Middle Finger

Czech artist David Cerny erected this massive one-fingered salute in front of his country's presidential palace.


#DrownYourTown: What Happens When Twitter Users Get On-Demand Apocalyptic Sea Level Rise Maps

Austin, St. Louis ... the Great Wall of China?


Athens, Georgia, Tries To Save Some of Its R.E.M. History

The church where the band played their first show is hardly standing, but renovation costs are steep.


Can Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Coexist?

Washington state moves to reform its medical marijuana system. 


Americans Vastly Overestimate How Diverse the Country Really Is

Which may help explain how they feel about demographic change.


The Grim Math of the Working-Class Housing Crisis

What happens when skyrocketing rents meet stagnating wages among low-income workers? U.S. cities are finding out.


Why McDonald's Killed the Dollar Menu—in 1 Chart

A dollar ain't what it used to be.


Bloomberg's Education Plan Is Working: Don't Ditch It

Since the mayor took office, high-school graduation rates are up. There are more quality schools. Money is distributed more equitably.

Sergey Novikov

Russia's Disappearing Movie Theaters

"We are losing lovely buildings, district cultural centers, and probably the perception of cinema as art."


Air Pollution Has Shut Down a Major Chinese City

A lack of wind, corn burning for the harvest, and the onset of central heat fouled up Harbin's air so much that schools and offices had to close. 

Bill Gurley

San Francisco's Fluctuating Rent Looks an Awful Lot Like the NASDAQ

A startling chart of the booms and busts of office space.