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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.

Bonnie Sizer

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.

David Pace

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.

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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.

Courtesy Allie Goldstein and Kirsten Howard

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.

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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.

Michelle Berman-Kowalewski

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.


This Russian Library Just Hired a Stray Cat as Its Assistant Librarian

He's required to wear a bow tie, and gets paid in food.


This Bizarre 1980s Atlanta Promo Video Celebrates ... Highways and Office Parks

It offers up strange collection of "urban amenities," including shopping malls, and "futuristic" buildings.


The Dramatic Rise of Life Without Parole, in 3 Charts

1 in 9 American prisoners has been sentenced to die in jail.

How Energy Efficient Is Your City?

A new report ranks 34 major U.S. cities by their energy-use policies.