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The Payphone of the Future Is Calling

Ideas for radical reinventions that would make the obsolete technology useful again.

Terrifying Footage of Someone Hanging From a Construction Crane by One Hand

On purpose, apparently.

Could the Police Get a Breathalyzer for Marijuana and Cocaine?

It could happen, with Swedish researchers reporting they were able to detect drugs in the breath of addicts.

How Cities Can Lead the Fight Against Trash

Ideas for helping cities better manage their enormous waste streams.

Richard Hell Looks Back on Punk's Roots in Place

Yes, there's plenty of sex and drugs in the musician's new memoir, but it also ponders the lasting cultural influence of punk on New York City.

Horrifying Urban 'Surprise' of the Day: A Fiery Hole in a London Sidewalk

Whoa! Heads up!

The Case for Low-Rise Density

It sprung up 40 years ago as a more livable alternative to high-rise public housing. Are there lessons we can adapt today?

When It Comes to Flood Prevention, Not All Grass Is Created Equal

Some species are much more absorbent than others, according to new research.

Researchers Can Tell How Healthy Your Neighborhood Is From Your Facebook Page

Tracking obesity rates based on your interest in outdoor fitness, health and wellness, and television.

How Boston Magazine Put Together Its Striking Marathon Cover

The magazine collected and photographed dozens of shoes from runners, all while the city was on lock-down.

This New Data Should Make You Pretty Nervous About the Latest Bird Flu

Only 4 of the 81 people with confirmed cases of bird flu in China have fully recovered; human transmission still can't be ruled out.

How to Design a 'Buy Local' Campaign That Actually Works

After job loss and the Recession crippled an Ohio town, 2 young residents got to work resurrecting the town's small business core.

Housing Status Plays a Surprisingly Large Role in Post-Disaster Distress

Traditionally, researchers have focused on race, class, and gender to explain mental anguish. A new study suggests they've ignored an key factor.

Immigrants Boost the Wages, Income and Economic Output of Cities

Contrary to the political conventional wisdom, higher shares of immigrants are associated with many good things in U.S. metros.

What's a Bike Good For? Churning Ice Cream, Apparently

A store in downtown Los Angeles sells only pedal-churned frozen treats.

This Is a Stadium, Not a Secret Fortress for a James Bond Villain

Architects want to build a soccer venue in Abu Dhabi that's sited inside a hollowed-out mountain.

Florida County Starts Paddling Students, Again

How else will educators get naughty kids to fall in line?

An Architectural Reflection of George W. Bush

The Bush Presidential Center will include a library, museum, and think tank.

Potentially Creepy Airline Perk of the Day: Flirty Drinks

Virgin America's plan to get customers chatting.