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A Continental Network to Monitor How We're Trashing the Environment

New nationwide observatory will track how climate change and land use affect ecosystems.

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Avoid Airline Fees With This Wearable Luggage

But you'll still look like an idiot.

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Pimp Your Block With Civic Bling

Need ideas for how to better your neighborhood? We've got 'em right here.

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Burning Man, in Pictures

Scenes from the desert art festival.

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These May Be The Least 'Livable' Cities, But They're the Future

Top-ranking cities have little relevance to emerging world cities.

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How California's Carbon Market Will Work

This week, over 100 businesses got their first taste of GHG cap-and-trade.

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The Surprising Bliss of Tour Guiding in Your Own City

When you take the time to show off your hometown, chances are you'll discover something new to love yourself.

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Mapmaker, Artist, or Programmer?

Self-described "map geek" Eric Fischer uses urban data to make some of the web's most intriguing spatial images.

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Policing the Police on Those Distracting In-Car Computers

Fort Wayne moves to limit when officers can type and stare at their on-board screens.

Public Art by Satellite

An event is documented by a Google satellite, creating a new and unnerving lens through which to view public space.

A Most Unusual Panhandling Scam

This subway beggar can't be for real.

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Life-Size Video Game of the Day: Pac-Man

The ghosts are all around you at New York's Babycastles Summit.

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Dull, Gray Pigeons in Venice Improved With Spray Paint

It's like a bird mated with a rainbow.

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The Criminalization of the RNC Protesters

Tampa's excessive police presence is having a "chilling effect."

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Los Angeles Rids Its Schools of Styrofoam: This Week in Bans

Also, a British tractor thief gets his comeuppance and a Nigerian church freaks out over bombs in women's headdresses.

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Why Has Scandinavia's Biggest Development Project Abandoned its Master Plan?

The signature piece of Copenhagen's enormous Ørestad experiment, by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, is no more.

Watch a Drawn Time-Lapse of Lower Manhattan Unfold Before Your Eyes

"Empire State of Pen," by Patrick Vale, captures the frenzied movements of creation.

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Why Mitt Romney Should Love France's Approach to Infrastructure Funding

Here, you pay for the roads and resources you use, thanks to innovative public-private partnerships.

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Multigenerational Communities or Bust

Cities that don't work for people of all ages risk stagnating in the past.