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A Chinese Town Famous for Its Creepy Snakes

Residents of Zisiqiao Village raise over 3 million snakes a year.

Yet Another Reason to Stop Riding Chinatown Buses

One company had to decommission 75 percent of its fleet after structural cracks were found.

Europe's Emerging Consensus on Low-Emissions Zones

Critics of London Mayor Boris Johnson's ambitious air pollution plan may be missing the bigger picture.

Scientists Hunt for Sewage in New York City’s Harbors

After Sandy, researchers are heading out to sea for a forensic look at the storm’s impacts.

Exploding Hot Air Balloon Kills 19 in Egypt

All balloon flights have been banned until further notice.

Does Light Rail Really Encourage People to Stop Driving?

No, but it does pull them off buses, if a new study of British systems is any indicator.

The Heated Terraces of Paris Are Safe, For Now

A ban on outdoor gas heaters from Parisian cafés doesn't look like it will be implemented anytime soon.

How Rioters Act Like Shoppers

Researchers say looters make rational decisions about how far they’re willing to travel to steal what they want.

Thailand Isn't Too Happy About Switching to Western-Style Toilets

Also, Australia tests the sewer system for drugs and there's a very suspicious-looking porta-potty at an Oklahoma golf course.

Why Computers Alone Can't Eliminate Corruption in Redistricting

America’s political geography makes defining an algorithm that doesn’t disenfranchise voters incredibly difficult.

Vigilante Justice of the Day: The Russian Bus Driver They Call the 'Punisher'

Bus operator Alexei Volkov claims to have precipitated more than 100 traffic accidents – mostly just to teach rude drivers a lesson.

Early Fruits of International Open Data Day 2013

Projects from Vancouver to Washington to Kathmandu.

Can Syracuse Resurrect Its Street Life?

A handful of new buildings bring commerce and artists to the sidewalks.

The U.S. Simply Doesn't Have Enough Available Rental Housing, Whether You're Rich or Poor

Where do we house 10.3 million households living in extreme poverty?

Intimate Scenes From India's Railroads

As India contemplates a second fare hike in as many months, a Reuters photographer captures what the system means to its riders.

What We Lose When Kids Can't Play in Their Own Streets

A U.K. initiative paints a vivid picture of what can happen when families don't have to worry about passing cars.

7 Examples of the Modern Igloo

Buildings that look to that ancient, icy form for inspiration.

A 42-Part Murder Mystery, Chronicled on the Toronto Subway

The series deals with the universal urban problem of bike riders versus drivers.

The 8 Most Intriguing Finalists From the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge

Five winners will be announced this spring, but these ideas stand out above the rest.