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Greg Thow

The Story Behind That Incredible Photo of Denver's Colossal Cloud

Believe it or not, little digital trickery was involved in the making this image of a monster cumulonimbus dominating Denver.


Anthony Weiner and the Forever Scandal

Of course, there are new graphic photos and messages. In the political scandals of the future, the leaks come long and slow.


Bike Gadget of the Day: A Light That'll Live Forever

This new solar-powered device is infinitely re-chargable.


Yet More Evidence of Peak Car

Not only do we now own fewer cars. We're also driving each of them less.


Could You Run Your City on Oats?

What metros can learn from universities' efforts to go green.


Armenia's Biggest Celebrities Are Offering People Free Rides Around Yerevan

The program, dubbed Free Car, is part of a public transit strike to protest huge fare hikes.


The Most Dangerous Commute in the World?

A glimpse at the risks Palestinians take to get to work in Israel.


Poverty Hurts Kids More Than Being Born to Moms on Cocaine

The conclusion to a long-running study of "crack babies" in Philadelphia.


Celebrate the Royal Baby With Barf Bags and £650 Porcelain Cats

The occasionally precious, often bizarre knick-knacks now for sale in London to celebrate the birth of an heir.

Garrett Ziegler

The Secret Museum Tucked Into One of New York City's Elevators

Exhibits include objects made by or for U.S. prisoners, fake vomit from around the world, and a series of stolen tip jars.


First Responders in San Diego Have Rolled in Late to Thousands of Emergencies

This is what happens when the money dries up.


Human Cells Have a Structure Shaped Like a Parking Garage

Scientists have finally visualized the endoplasmic reticulum, and it looks a place where we'd forget where we left our cars.


North Korea Really Wants Its Own Bavarian Beer Garden in Pyongyang

The country's well-connected elites are crazy for beer, with palates developed under the reign of Kim Jong-Il.


Finally, a Plan to Pay for Public Transit With Highway Tolls

In Tampa, an innovative idea called "bus toll lanes" could pad the farebox with road revenue.


Casinos, Corporate Sponsorship, and Tuition Hikes: How Madrid Is Trying to Beat the Recession

An unlikely mix of state pruning and raw commercialism is taking hold in Spain's capital.

Herbert Baglione

Italian City Gets Super-Creepy Art Inside an Abandoned Mental Hospital

Herbert Baglione's loathsome shadow-creatures sprout from old wheelchairs and slide into darkened rooms in this fantastically atmospheric intervention.

Michael Shainblum

Hypnotizing Time-Lapse of the Day: A Kaleidoscope of Cities

Mirror City mashes up views of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.


Barack Obama and Ray Kelly Are Saying the Exact Opposite Things on Racial Profiling

Two parallel conversations on race, violence, and stop-and-frisk.

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If Anyone Deserves Their Own Holiday, It's Rat Catchers

A brief history of the least glamorous occupational holiday.