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Spires! Cupolas! Here's What the Sagrada Familia Will Look Like When It's Finished

An architectural masterpiece 150 years in the making.

Pakistan's Earthquake Was So Strong It Spawned a Whole New Island

A burbling volcano of mud rose out of the Arabian Sea like some Lovecraftian nightmare.

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There's an Obvious Way to Make Community Colleges Better: Let's Rank Them

A relatively pain-free way to make these schools accountable to their students.


How Melbourne Is Selling Commercial Property Owners on Green Retrofits

The city's 1,200 Buildings program has been cited as a model. 


How Little Things Add Up to Keep Homeless Kids From School

Baltimore's neediest students often struggle to find transportation and afford things like uniforms.

Talking About Climate Change in Terms of Its Impact on Your Favorite Things

New York. Paris. Bacon.

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Suspicious Train Crash Injures Dozens in Chicago

A head-on collision between two trains — one of them out-of-service — sent dozens of people to area hospitals.

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Yup, Here Are Some Amazing Shots of Surfing Dogs

Glorious snapshots from the annual competition in Southern California.

Les Pierrots de la Nuit

Nighttime Revelers in Paris Get Shushed By a Bunch of Silent Clowns

It doesn't get much more French than this.


How Cell Phone Minutes Can Help Map the Distribution of Wealth in Africa

Without reliable government data, a group of researchers theorizes that the size of airtime purchases in Côte d’Ivoire roughly approximates wealth.


The States Where Women Make the Most (and Least) Compared to Men

The wage gap is a complicated issue, but here's a simple chart showing where it's most severe.


It Takes Drivers 3 Months to Warm Up to Electric Vehicles

A trial in Berlin found that people stopped worrying their battery would run out after about 12 weeks with an EV.


Careful Ladies. According to a Saudi Cleric, Driving Could Damage Your Ovaries

New logic from one of the country's most conservative "scholars."

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The Great Growth Disconnect: Population Growth Does Not Equal Economic Growth

It can create a troubling illusion of prosperity.


Entrancing NASA Model Reveals the Feverish Future of Climate Change

Hotter, wetter weather and new droughts are shown in this weirdly undulating simulation of Earth's atmosphere.

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The Awkward Ethics of Sharing

Some people just don't know how to share, let alone bike-share. So what do we do about them?

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Understanding Nairobi's Shopping Mall Siege: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Rent the Chicken

Now You Can Rent a Backyard Chicken

It's a starter kit, of sorts, for aspiring urban farmers. 

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The Baltimore Police Department Is Having Its Own Stop-and-Frisk Scandal

New York's not the only city with a stop-and-frisk program, or a stop-and-frisk problem.