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We Paved Cicada Paradise

How construction and development makes life difficult for cicada broods.

Super-Large Asteroid QE2 Approaching Earth Today; Time For Doom-Mongering!

Earthquakes! Buildings knocked over! Wrangler jeans spontaneously combusting! What will (not) happen in your city?

Sustainable, Stylish Furniture Made From Cut-Up Propane Tanks

Using a plasma cutter, Colin Selig makes couches that would make Hank Hill jump with joy.

If This GIF of 10,000 Years of Sea Level Rise Doesn't Freak You Out, Nothing Will

Water is now rising at a faster rate off the New Jersey coast than at any point in 6,000 years.

Can New York's Penn Station Ever Be Great Again?

Four architects lay out their vision for a brighter, cheerier, more functional transit hub.

Disturbing Rob Ford News of the Day: Two (More) Staffers Resign

But all is well, according to the embattled mayor.

The Most Important Population Statistic That Hardly Ever Gets Talked About

Do you know your city's "commuter-adjusted population"?

The Rob Ford Saga Turns From Funny to Scary

The mayor allegedly told staffers he knew where the video was stashed, citing the home of the men who may have killed to get their hands on the tape.

What It Would Take to Make Tornado Warnings Better

Right now, 15 minutes might be the best we can do. But with the right tools, we could completely overhaul in the way we forecast tornadoes.

A Charming Look Back at the Opening of the 91-Year-Old Lincoln Memorial

"This memorial is less for Abraham Lincoln than for those of us today and for those who follow after."

Does Being 'Sister Cities' Really Mean Anything?

As with actual siblings, there's no one way to define the relationship.

The Geographic Footprints of the World's Biggest Bike-Share Networks

And what it reveals about the municipality's topography and commitment to transportation alternatives.

Gorgeous, Surreal Photos of Mount Fuji Show Why It Deserves UNESCO's Respect

Photographer Koichi Shimano portrays the godlike volcano in the grips of seriously profound and weird weather.

Under Threat of Municipal Bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts Readies for a Fight

The museum is threatening to play hardball if it's ordered to auction off its assets to help the city pay off its massive debt.

A Very Brief History of Why It's So Hard to Get From Brooklyn to Queens

It wasn't always this way.

World's Tiniest Library Pops Up In New York City

The "inhabitable" library looks more like a weird robot or a doughnut on stilts.

'Personal Climate Control,' Lasers, and the Wild Future of Thermostats

Why heat a whole building when infrared beams of warmth could follow us each around?

In Search of the Entrepreneurial Personalities of Specific Places

The relationship between personality structure and entrepreneurial activity appears to be rather robust.

Surprisingly Difficult Quiz of the Day: Steak House or Gay Bar?

A weirdly challenging game.