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America's Infrastructure Earns a 'D+', Which Is Actually an Improvement

The nation's engineers surprise everyone with a slightly less dismal outlook on the state of our infrastructure.

Central Asia Rings in the New Year By Jumping, Repeatedly, Over Giant Fires

The start of spring comes with its own set of traditions.

Energy-Efficient Homes Are Much Less Likely to Go Into Default

Should federal mortgage guidelines take this into account?

The Geography of March Madness

Maps highlight which teams have the biggest reach.

A Photographer Sees Tiny Planets in San Francisco's Rusty Fire Hydrants

Finding worlds in aging infrastructure.

Is It Time to Move Past Urban Studies and Toward Urbanization Science?

Some scholars are calling for a stronger understanding of the "DNA" of cities — and, by extension, an improved ability to address urban problems in a systemic manner.

Why Are Leaders Allowing the Destruction of Historical Sites in Islam's Holiest City?

The strange alliance of clerics and businessmen in Saudi Arabia.

All the Cities Photographed From the International Space Station

If your hometown's been shot by astronaut/prolific shutterbug Chris Hadfield, it's probably viewable on this interactive map.

Would More People Use the Public Library If It Had a Water Slide?

More than half of Poland doesn't seem to be reading anything. Would a more festive library design help them pick up a book?

Class-Divided Cities: Philadelphia Edition

The ninth in our series exploring the class divides across America's largest cities and metros.

See Japan Through the Eyes of the Country's Most Famous Anime Artists

A new online pop-culture travel magazine out of San Francisco's Japantown interviews artists about their favorite spots back home.

Urban App of the Day: Compare Global Cities on the iPad

See how places compare based on population, household income, and GPD.

Even More Evidence Climate Change Will Hit East Coast Cities Particularly Hard

We could see seven times as many Katrinas every year.

More Crazy Proof Birds Are Evolving to Live With Cars

This latest evolutionary trick by cliff swallows is particularly impressive.

Bloomberg Swaps the War on Soda for the War on Cigarettes

The mayor is pushing a new city law that would force retailers to keep all their cigarettes stocked out of public view

Amazing Views From the Top of the World

Google Street View goes to its most extreme destinations yet: 4 of the planet's highest mountains.

Turning a Persian Rug Into a City

Babak Golkar makes architectural designs out of carpet patterns.

10 Years After the Iraq War, How Has Baghdad Changed?

The city is bustling, with parks and nightclubs, but deep scars remain.

Lessons in Self-Defense for Women, From Tahrir Square

An American Indian woman living in Cairo wants to take what she's learned and bring it back to North American reservations.