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Tracking This Year's Dismally Small Monarch Migration

The iconic butterflies are having a rough couple years, with declining populations likely due to extreme weather and habitat loss.

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Goosebump-Inducing Time Lapse of the Day: Midtown Manhattan, in Sound

Watch this and feel like you’re there.


The Worst Place to Be on a Hot Summer Day? A New York Subway Platform

This is way more unbearable than standing on black asphalt in the blazing sun.


A Day in the Life of a New York City Cat

A tongue-in-cheek installment of a documentary portrait series features a feline New Yorker.

Ernest Burgess

The Most Famous Models for How Cities Grow Are Wrong

We need new ways to explain growing urban inequality.

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Detroit Lost a $1 Million Check in a Desk Drawer

Add forgetfulness to the city's many woes.


Shaun Donovan Wants to Reinvent the Way We Do Disaster Recovery

The HUD Secretary on how we should be innovating climate resilience after Sandy.


The Most Bizarre Contraband Items Being Confiscated Around the World

Rhino horns in Vietnam, elephant tusks in Africa, turtles in Thailand, and drugs and dirty money just about everywhere.

Would This Insanely Complex Diagram Help You Navigate a Subway System?

Tokyo made a guide to its labyrinthine underground network. But despite their good intentions, it may as well have been drawn by M.C. Escher.

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Seattle, Then and Now (1891 to 2013)

How the city evolved from a timber town to a high-tech powerhouse.


Your Long Commute May Be Hurting Your Marriage

A new report finds a higher rate of separation among couples that travel more than 45 minutes to work.

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The Rust Belt Neighborhood in the Middle of Philadelphia

Meet the people transforming post-industrial Fishtown into a haven for artists and writers.


One Town's Amazing Plan to Lift Its Entire Downtown Above Sea-Level Rise

Highlands, New Jersey, is considering a nearly $200 million project to raise itself 11 feet.

Andreas Symietz

New York's Broken Umbrellas, Reimagined as Art

A spiky dome, locally sourced from streets and trashcans.

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Hunting the Elusive Red Lightning Above Oklahoma City

Jason Ahrns searches at night for huge, mysterious eruptions of sparks that appear high over thunderstorms.

Atlantic Cities

A Gloriously Offensive, Poop-Based Art Show Opens in San Francisco

This week, Bay Area art lovers were treated to paintings made from real animal poo "carefully hand-picked from local farms."

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Eco-Friendly Trend of the Day: Using Goats to Graze D.C. Cemetery Grounds

Their task? Chew down an acre worth of poison ivy and other plants invading trees and gravestones.

This Recycling Bin Is Stalking You

London's trash cans are monitoring the phones of passers-by, so advertisers can target messages at people.


How Missile Detection Technology Can Help Us Predict Floods

A new radar system can show us exactly how much rain is falling in a given spot.