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An Intimidating Space View of the Misery-Sowing Hurricane Manuel

Looting, death, and a loose crocodile: Thanks to this Pacific tempest, life in Acapulco is not so sweet right now.

A Devastating Before/After Comparison of the Colorado Floods, Captured by Satellite

Following recent downpours, the South Platte River swelled so big that it consumed part of a city.

Could the City of Light Become the City of Height?

Paris has traditionally eschewed tall buildings, but a new wave of architects are looking to change that.

A Fantastically Clear, Concise Explanation of Why Traffic Happens

Tom Vanderbilt on how human behavior makes congestion worse than it needs to be.

The Hong Kong Marathon Wants to Ban Selfies

Even a quick snap can cause a massive, dangerous runner pile-up, organizers say.

How Stop-and-Frisk Is Creating a Generation of Young People Who Don't Trust the Police

Only 40 percent of young minorities in low-income New York City neighborhoods say they would feel comfortable calling 911 if they needed help.

Yep, This Photo Pretty Much Sums Up Why Post-Flood Colorado Will Bounce Back

A knee-high morass of mud did not deter this Boulder man from enjoying his morning jog.

The Price of Beer at Oktoberfest Completely Defies Economic Logic

It's going up like crazy, but people keep buying.

How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters

After Hurricane Sandy, tight neighborhoods and centralized infrastructure recovered more quickly than spread-out areas.

Setting Your Store Apart in a City Where Few People Can Read

Burkina Faso has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. Here's how vendors draw people into their architecturally repetitive kiosks.

Librarian Fired for Actually Getting Kid to Read

With two of the library's six employees gone over a dumb controversy, it's hard to find much of a winner in this story.

Liking Your Neighbors Could Help Prevent You From Having a Stroke

Researchers have found evidence that strong social ties may be just as important as not smoking.

The Many Small Ways Americans Are Adapting to Climate Change

People are planting more trees, thinking carefully about coastal development, and anticipating the future of California's wineries.

What Happens When a City Becomes Too Popular?

Raleigh regularly tops "Best City" lists. Mayor Nancy McFarlane explains why that can be a challenge.

How D.C. Set 3 Bad Bike Lane Precedents With a Single Decision

On M Street, the city has compromised rider safety, placed private interests above public, and let parking rule the day.

Here's Where You're Most Likely to Die From Air Pollution

A new NASA map of the planet lays out the depressing geographies of smog and premature death.

This Dead Whale Is Helping Science in an Incredibly Gross Way

Researchers are studying its earwax to learn about human-made ocean pollution. Yes, there are photos.

The Strange Politics Behind a Berlin Neighborhood's Plan to Legalize Pot Dealing

It's the latest Northern European city to see pro- and anti-marijuana forces face off.

An Amazingly Precise New Tool to Measure Roadway Pollution

Five percent of vehicles are responsible for 90 percent of toxic emissions. Now we can figure out who the culprits are.