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Surveillance Cameras Could Make Us Better People

New research finds the "bystander effect" can be offset by the presence of public self-awareness.

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The Grave Health Risks of Unwalkable Communities

Our car-dependent lifestyle has led to a dramatic rise in obesity-related illnesses. But we can do something about it.

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Watch These American Cities Segregate, Even As They Diversify

No, we have not reached the end of segregation. Something much more complicated is going on.

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The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited

A new economic and social order is a double-edged sword: it unleashes incredible energies, but it also causes tremendous hardships.

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Graphic of the Day: The World's Most 'Social' Landmarks

The locations where Facebook users check-in the most.

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A Global City Mash-Up

Urban landmarks the world over, all squeezed into one work of art.

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The Insurance Company That Thought Its Buildings Could Save Cities

Why Prudential thought it could save America's downtowns through its own decentralization.

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The Most Terrifying Toilet Paper You Will Ever Use

A Japanese company is marketing an English version of "Drop," a horror story by The Ring author that's printed on TP.

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In Bolivia, a Salute to the Sun

A winter solstice celebration gets Bolivia's Aymara Indians up before dawn to salute the first rays.

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Confessions of a Straphanger

Travel writer Taras Grescoe on the joys of public transportation.

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War-Torn Homs, As Seen By Scooter

This short film is one of the few records of life in the city.

Rebuilding Downtown Christchurch After a Series of Earthquakes

Striking images and video of the city in the midst of a rebirth.

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A Guidebook for the Urban Age

P.D. Smith's engaging and illuminating new book on the history, evolution and intricacies of cities.

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The Secret to Less Smelly Sewers: Old Coffee Grounds

Researchers at the City College of New York think they've found a way to use coffee to neutralize a city's most unpleasant odor.

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What's Making China Fat?

Obesity rates have skyrocketed in China over the last generation, at the same time that its cities have exploded. A group of researchers is now trying to pin down the relationship between the two.

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Re-Read of the Day: An Air Conditioner Probably Won't Kill You

One less thing to worry about as your face melts off during today's record-breaking heat wave.

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Finding Mecca the High-Tech Way: With a Light-Up Prayer Mat

The fabric glows when the pious point it toward the Muslim holy city.

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Rethinking the Milk Crate

A designer fashions the basic shell to include drawers, cork boards, seat cushions, and wheels.

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This Week in Bans: The Great Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Menace

Also, Mumbai silences "laughing yoga" practitioners and Seattle prohibits a cancer survivor from swimming topless.