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The Wacky Skyline of an Alternative-Universe San Francisco

A new exhibition in San Francisco envisions the Bay Bridge as a massive vertical farm and Treasure Island seeded with water-purifying "jellyfish houses."

All You Really Need to Know About the 2020 Summer Olympics Bids

A cheatsheet on which city might be chosen as the next future host of the Summer Olympics—Tokyo, Madrid, or Istanbul.

Friday's NASA Rocket Launch Will Be Visible From South Carolina to Maine

Here's how to maximize the chances of spotting the flaming Minotaur V, scheduled for an 11:27 p.m. EDT blast-off.

Why Can't We Just Host the Olympics in the Same Place Every Year?

Economists agree: the Olympics are bad for cities. There's an obvious solution.

Amazingly Helpful GIFs of the Day: What Every New Yorker Should Know

Secrets and unwritten rules, illustrated.

Can Whole Foods Remake Itself in the Middle of a Food Desert?

The high-end grocer will move into one of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods.

Well, This Is Certainly One of the Worst Public Bus Stories We've Ever Heard

In Detroit, a rider says a bus driver cursed at her and refused to let her off. And then things got really bad.

A Hair-Raising Parkour Tribute to the Video Game 'Mirror's Edge'

This British homage to the popular dystopian game has everything (except the shooting-at-the-cops stuff, of course).

A Dictator's Execution Spot, Now Open to Tourists

Romania reopened the site where Nicolae Ceausescu was shot, turning the former cavalry barracks into a museum.

A Radical Idea for Changing How Cities Finance Stadiums

Instead of asking taxpayers for corporate welfare, teams could treat them like investors. 

Alexanderplatz Is Difficult to Love, But Berlin Wants to Save It Anyway

Newfound affection for the drab, East Berlin square.

Why the Size of Your City's Middle Class Matters Even if You're Not In It

Metros with large middle classes also have the most upward mobility for the poor.

Australia Just Had a Train Accident That's Being Blamed on ... Millipedes

When nature and infrastructure collide, things can get slippery.

Here Come the Biggest Walmart Protests Since Black Friday

The push for Walmart to pay its workers a living wage of $25,000 goes national today as employees plan protests in 15 cities.

Monitoring the Spreading Radiation From Fukushima, in Real Time

A searchable map for the country updates every ten minutes with data from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

Audio Bus Ads: Too Intrusive for Riders, or Too Much Money to Pass Up?

Compared to other recent transit marketing campaigns, these seem pretty tolerable.

Stockholm Artists Protest Obama by Putting Guantanamo Hoods on Statues

Street artists decry the "hypocrisy" of the President's plea for military action in Syria.

How Biofuel Technology Turned Restaurant Grease Into Gold

As its value has risen, a growing class of criminals are focusing on stealing and selling used cooking oil.

Can You Spot the Wild Animals Hidden Behind Brooklyn's Windows and Grates?

The borough appears to have suffered a zoo break, with gorillas, chimps, and even an iguana inside building ventilation shafts.