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A Giant Vortex of Wildfire Smoke Is Hovering Over Russia

The skies are clouded with ashy gas that's pouring from thousands of acres of burning plants.

Peter Dunn

Map of the Day: L.A.'s Freeways, Reimagined as a Subway

Public transit nerds, prepare to geek out.

Library of Congress/Google Maps

Baltimore, Then and Now (1911 to 2013)

A peek at how the city's changed on its 284th birthday.


The Steady Decline of Homeownership for Everyone, Everywhere

In four charts.


The Spanish Train Crash Now Looks Like the World's Worst Case of Distracted Driving

Turns out the train operator was on the phone.


We Could Have Fixed the Underwater Mortgage Crisis a Long Time Ago

This surprisingly simple solution is win-win, if only the banks would sign on.


Rand Paul's Weird Fixation on Slashing Bike Lane and Sidewalk Funding

The amount of money he's talking about is roughly the federal equivalent of the change you'd find in your couch.


How a Traffic Jam Became an International Incident

Gibraltar accuses Spain of inflicting "torture" through unnecessary delays at its border.


Too Many Young Adults Are Still Living at Home, and It's Hurting the Economy

The U.S. still isn't creating as many new homes as we used to -- in a large part because young adults are still with their parents.

Reuters/Jitendra Prakash

Rising Sea Levels Could Submerge Substantial Parts of 1,700 U.S. Cities

A new study paints an especially grim future for coastal cities like New York, Boston, and Miami. 


Anthony Weiner Fails to Answer the Only Important Interview Question

He sure was non-committal when answering questions about his current sexy messaging habits with the New York Daily News.


Why Mega-Projects Always End Up Costing More Than Expected

And how the part-political, part-psychological problem can be avoided.


How Hate Groups Are Using Charity to Breed Racism Amid the Eurozone Crisis

In Europe's most impoverished capitals, extremists are trading aid for support of their offensive agenda.

Sarah Goodyear

Everything Is Illuminated: The Secret Lights of New York City

Leni Schwendinger is leading a community effort to rethink the way neighborhoods look after dark.


The Future of Transportation: Own an EV, Get Access to an SUV

Own a small, cheap-to-operate electric vehicle for workaday commutes, and access to a sports car or SUV whenever you want.

Shubert Ciencia (bigberto on Flickr)

Bizarre Vandalism Incident of the Day: D.C.'s Green Paint Bandit Strikes Again

Splatters were found in the National Cathedral and on the Joseph Henry Statue today, and a suspect has been arrested.


Really, It Is Extremely Unlikely That You Will Die in a Train Crash

A reminder from the data.


The Growing Regional Divide in America's Abortion Debate

A new poll shows the South Central states are more opposed to abortion than ever.


China Has at Least 36 Local Governments With as Much Debt, on Average, as Detroit

Of course, Detroit versus Chinese metros isn’t exactly apples to apples. But there are some striking parallels.