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MPI's Zara Matheson

High-Tech Challengers to Silicon Valley

San Jose's lock on high-tech activity is no longer what it once was.

Courtesy of Twitter

Social Media Map of the Day: Tweets by 'Hood, Rendered Topographically

Where people Tweet in San Francisco, New York City, and Istanbul.

John Metcalfe

The Bay Area Survived Its First Morning Without a Metro

The BART strike made for a crowded commute, but not a nightmare.

Aspen Institute

The Future According to Ray LaHood: High-Speed Rail, But Also Tons of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Despite being a proponent of walkable communities, the outgoing U.S. Secretary of Transportation just doesn't believe Americans will ever stop buying cars.


The Visual Signature of Your City

In Instagram photos.


The Sexy Cicadas Were Everywhere This Summer and You Didn't Even Know It

Despite all the talk about the "disappointing" cicada season, scientists now insist that this year's horny insects "had a pretty good year."


Here's What It Used to Look Like When the NSA Spied on Foreigners

A once thriving hub of Cold War espionage, built on a Berlin hill made of World War II rubble.


How Africa's New Urban Centers Are Shifting Its Old Colonial Boundaries

The continent's booming new economic zones are outstripping the ability of weak central governments to retain their hold on them.

Nathaniel Goodyear

Let There Be Light: Coney Island's Parachute Jump Gets Blinged Out

Will the post-Sandy makeover lure visitors back?


China Has the Priciest Housing on the Planet

Seven out of 10 of the world’s least affordable markets are now in China.


Overcoming the 'Ick' Factor in Urban Composting

Simplifying both the message and the process has worked wonders for San Francisco.


San Francisco Bay Area Braces for a Transit Strike

The city's notoriously tough commutes are about to get a lot harder.

Albert Duce

A Remarkably Simple Idea to End the Cycle of Abandoned Factories

Make the companies that build these places buy insurance policies to pay for dismantling them.

Oriental Bird Club

How a New Bird Species Was Discovered Right in the Middle of Phnom Penh

The Cambodian tailorbird somehow managed to elude detection for years, despite being loud and annoying.

Mark Byrnes

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Inspired an Entire Collection of Fan Fiction

Because of course.


YOLO of the Day: The Yolobus

Next stop #yolo.


44 Percent of Young College Grads Are Underemployed (and That's Good News)

Sure, the number sounds scary. But historically speaking, it's more normal than you think.

Mark Marek Photography

Where We're Obsessed With Zombies

And what this says about the geography of the web.


Ethiopia's New Nile Dam Could Destroy Egypt's Way of Life

The massive new project threatens to leave much of Egypt without water.