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Unravel Your Home's History

10 tricks for figuring out your home's back story.

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How the Internet Could Save America's Small Towns

Broadband offers the possibility, though not the guarantee, of connecting remote regions of the country in a new way to the national and global economy.

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Beach Volleyball Bikinis and Women's Bodies in Public Space

The perception of women’s bodies as public property to be commented upon and regulated is one of the universal undercurrents of urban life.

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Is London's Air Up to Snuff?

How does England's air quality compare to that of past hosts, and could it affect athletes?

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Why India's Massive Power Outages Get Fixed More Quickly Than D.C.'s

India's lights are back on within hours, not days.

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What India's Massive Power Outage Looks Like

Due to a massive grid failure, half of India's population is without power.

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Metrocards Could Be Pieces of a Gigantic Urban Puzzle

A Brooklyn design firm proposes a clever way to combine advertising and adventuring.

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How Traffic Jams Became a Common Movie Trope

By trapping characters indefinitely, fictional jams can set up otherwise implausible plotlines.

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The Case for More Urban Trees

In many areas, trees are under siege. But our cities need them, for all sorts of reasons.

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Has Climate Change Made L.A. a Refuge From the Heat?

When I moved to Southern California I figured I'd be bragging about the warm winters. But heatwave after heatwave everywhere else has changed my tune.

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Inside the Surprisingly Lucrative World of Cardboard Theft

With the help of a rental truck, you too can cash in on the multimillion-dollar cardboard-rustling business.

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Translating D.C.'s Architectural Future Into Mini Golf

A course in the National Building Museum echoes architects' visions for our nation's capital.

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Terrify Your Fellow Bikers With This Glowing Anglerfish-Cycle

Who doesn't want to ride around Australia inside a marine predator's gaping maw?

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Trompe-l'oeil of the Day: Inside a Building Destroyed by an Earthquake

A voyeuristic portrait of life inside as it was lived before the Christchurch earthquake.

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The Evolution of the Office Building

How shared work centers could reshape how and where we work.

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The Habitable Bridge, Resurrected

Meet the new bridge, same as the old bridge.

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Is That a 60-Foot Cell Phone Tower, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Residents of Castro Valley, California, demand a redesign of a phallus-like cell tower.

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Berlin's Holi, a Few Months Late

The city celebrates the festival of colors.

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Sorry, Steve McQueen: This is the Craziest Drive Through San Francisco Ever

A stunt driver takes a high-speed and action-packed tour of the city.