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The Urban Heat Island Could Be Attracting Bugs

The hotter neighborhoods of Raleigh are awash in scale insects, an ominous indicator of how bug populations might swell in a globally warmer world.

Cities Dependent on Air Conditioning Might Be More Sustainable Than We Think

New research suggests that Minneapolis actually uses way more energy staying warm in the winter than Miami does keeping cool.

A Hotel That Travels, Too

Guest accommodations that can be installed just about anywhere.

A Glorious Collection of the Craziest Skyscraper Concepts You've Ever Seen

Eight years of "outstanding ideas for vertical living," courtesy architectural magazine eVolo.

Why Our Cities Look and Work the Way They Do

A conversation with Sam Bass Warner and Andrew Whittemore about their new book, American Urban Form.

Another Giant Sinkhole Appears in China, Swallows One Person

This latest gaping chasm is said to measure four-stories deep.

Parking Ticket of the Day: The One Rep. Louie Gohmert Isn't Paying

Will the Texas congressman pay up?

More Thoughts on Creating an Effective Assault Weapons Ban

We can reduce street crimes by making the gun owner responsible for whatever happens with the weapon, no matter who pulls the trigger.

Istanbul Is a City on the Brink of Crisis

An earthquake could decimate 2 million of the city's 3 milion apartments. But not everyone is happy with Turkey's solution.

An Animated Allegory of the American City's Oil Addiction

Sometimes you just need a Google Maps monster to fully convey the state of auto-dependency in America.

More Problems for San Francisco's New Bay Bridge Span

One-third of 96 recently tightened steel rods have snapped, and they can't be easily repaired.

How the 'Broken Windows' Theory Tamed Juarez

Violence is way down, and researchers chalk it up to good, old-fashioned police work.

What We Can Learn From the Brain Waves of Pedestrians

Enter the brave new world of mobile EEG.

More Than Half of America's Rivers Are Very Polluted

A new report by the EPA found that the majority of rivers and streams can't support healthy aquatic life.

Amid Soaring Car Crashes, India Offers Free Treatment to Victims

The program will require 51 hospitals to accept injured patients without questions or money up front.

Do Texting Bans Really Prevent Fatal Accidents?

New research says yes — but only under certain conditions.

Watch: A Dance Performed With a Pedaling Park Bench

A modern dance from San Francisco.

What Should Become of the Astrodome?

Officials are grappling with this choice: spend tens of millions to demolish the stadium, or hundreds of millions to save it.

New Sport: Hanging By One Arm From Awfully High Places

This Ukranian urban climber is either extremely skilled or deranged (or perhaps both).