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Choking Clouds of Wildfire Smoke Sprawl Over Southern Oregon

Huge wildfires, aggravated by a bad drought, are sending acrid clouds of smoke into nearby cities.

Peek Inside This 'Cardboard Cathedral,' Which Can Withstand Earthquakes

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed the paper-based house of worship, for Christchurch.

Why Home-Cooking From Total Strangers May Be the Future of Food

The sharing economy moves into a new niche: dinner. Will queasy eaters and regulators buy in?

Commuter Hack of the Day: Help Out Researchers While You Wait for the Bus

Those digital screens at bus shelters can be used for crowd-sourced academic research.

Can One Man Change the Shape of an Entire City?

A study of Baron von Haussmann's Paris.

The Cars of the Future Will Come With Advertising

Drive by that Taco Bell every day? Maybe you want to try a Doritos Loco taco.

Jamestown Really, Really Loves Lucy

It has the festivals, museums and many murals to prove it.

Where 60 Million People in the U.S. Don't Speak English at Home

The number is on the rise.

How a Glob of Fat the Size of a School Bus Got Stuck in the London Sewers

Blame the wet wipes.

White Families Are on Average 6 Times Wealthier Than Black Families

A look at the wealth gap, and why it's growing.

Detroit's Emergency Manager Could Sell the City's Art Collection

Kevyn Orr asked Christie's auction house to come in and appraise the city-owned collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Eerie, Pixelated Girl Lurks in a British Train Station

Cross that demon child from The Ring with a 16-bit Super Mario, and you might get this uncanny optical illusion.

The Fight to Rescue Lower Manhattan From the Next Sandy

The coastal areas of New York City have two choices: retreat, or advance to the shoreline with a bigger shield.

San Francisco Has Needed This for a Long Time: a 'Hill Mapper'

Rejoice, Bay Area residents: There's now a high-tech way to plot a course around the city's ridiculously steep hills.

Please, Take a Load Off on Copenhagen's Free Street Hammocks

The hammocks, made from old fire hoses, also double as playground swings.

This Amazing New Map Charts 'Moments,' Rather Than Places

With the new Hi app, users can submit stories or pictures of any spot.

Chronicling the Seamier Side of Europe's Hottest Cities

A spate of new blogs seek out the underbelly of Paris, London and Berlin.

Nerdy Infographic of the Day: Which Cities Are Most Popular With the Literati?

See how world cities stack up to each other -- in terms of the amount of books written about them.

The Incredible, Explosive Growth of Chicago, As Seen Through Its Maps

See the first-ever map of the city, and how it evolved over a century.