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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.

The Surprising Diversity of the American Cycling Community

A new report challenges a tenacious racial stereotype about people who ride bicycles.

Here's What Google Maps' Customization Might Mean in Practice

The new maps may eventually funnel us each into different experiences of the same neighborhood. Is that a bad thing?

Could Rob Ford Just Stay in Office Until the End of His Term?

Yep. Despite the ongoing crack saga, there's little Toronto can do to remove its embattled mayor from office.

Finding the Hidden Beauty in Liquor Stores and Cheap Motels

A photographer seeks out L.A.'s less glamorous side.

An App to Help You Prove the Beach You're Standing On Is Public

In L.A., private homeowners often erroneously believe the beach belongs to them.

Do Bicycle Helmet Laws Really Make Riders Safer?

Typically, transportation laws promoting safety lead to an increase in public health. With bike helmet laws, the connection isn't so clear.

Finding Playful New Uses for Boring Street Infrastructure

Designer Thor ter Kulve transforms garbage cans into communal fire places, lampposts into swings, and more.

Let Me Recycle That For You. Please.

In Buenos Aires, thousands of informal workers are ready to take on the task of improving the city's trash woes, if only the government would let them.

What Happens When a Nonprofit Car-Sharing Service Gets Bought By a Major Rental Company?

We're about to find out.

Lewis and Clark, Meet Foursquare

History's greatest journeys, now available in KML files.