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Where You Live Actually Changes the Noises You Make

The science of why certain languages sound the way they do.


Foldable Bike Helmets: Will They Ever Get Off the Ground?

The company behind this "Turtle" helmet, which folds down to half its size, promises it will become part of the urban cyclists’ way of life.

William Christiansen/Flickr

In Singapore, Making Cars Unaffordable Has Only Made Them More Desirable

A paltry 15 percent of the city-state's population owns their own vehicle, but not by choice.

One of the Most Disturbing Maps of Los Angeles You'll Ever See

A stark picture of the geographic relationship between the city's top polluters and its most vulnerable places.

Mannfred Werner

Mind-Blowing Discovery of the Day: Angkor Wat Was Much Larger Than We Ever Imagined

Archaeologists say the uncovered medieval cityscape is "without parallel in the pre-industrial world."

Earthquake Creates Weird Lightshow Over Mexico City

The electrical infrastructure in Mexico's capital did not respond happily to Sunday morning's quake.


The Last Telegram Will Be Sent From India Sometime in July

The transformative technology will come to, yes, a FULL STOP.


Whose Idea Was It to Build a Winter Resort in the Warmest Part of Russia?

Putin's biggest critic talks about the troubles facing the Sochi Winter Olympics.


Are Global Cities Really Doomed to Become 'Citadels' for the Rich?

Surely there's something we can do about this.


Hamburg's 'Unwanted' Humans, Caged and on Display

Single mothers, former criminals, homeless people and punks at a "human zoo."

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Road Fees Don't Hurt the Poor as Much as You Might Think

They satisfy a "Do No Harm" approach to transportation planning, and they're less pernicious than sales tax measures.

Christinne Muschi/Reuters

2013 Not a Great Year So Far for Canadian Mayors

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum has been arrested on 14 criminal charges, including fraud, conspiracy, and municipal corruption.


Chicago's Violent Weekend Was the Worst of the Year

At least 41 people were shot and 7 killed.

MPI's Zara Matheson

America's Leading Metros for Venture Capital

The Bay Area remains at the top, but several cities are starting to catch up.

The Atlantic Cities

Somebody in San Francisco's Public Works Department Is Awesome

A municipal arborist whittled this damaged tree into a street chair for the neighborhood.


The Best Thing We Could Do About Inequality Is Universal Preschool

How we can reduce crime, increase economic mobility, boost college graduation rates, and give communities more tax revenue, all at the same time.

Mark Byrnes

How Federalism Has Failed Cities (And Also Might Reinvigorate Them)

Metros as the new sovereign.


Life Hack of the Day: A Device That Keeps Objects in the Trunk From Sliding Around

Solving an age-old problem.

Oliver O’Brien

A Real-Time Bike-Share Map for the Entire World

About 13,000 people were out riding shared bicycles across the globe this afternoon.