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A Live Map of the Manic Ways People Edit Wikipedia

The map offers a nifty live survey of people's utterly random interests (or perceived areas of expertise).


Does Michigan's Emergency-Manager Law Hurt Black Citizens Disproportionately?

"It totally decimates democracy."

Chip East/Reuters

New York City May Let Non-Citizens Vote

It would be the first major U.S. city to do so.


Why Did the Ostrich (or Snake, or Llama) Cross the Road?

9 adorable images of animals wandering the streets.


A Terrifying, Fascinating Timelapse of 30 Years of Human Impact on Earth

A new interactive project from Google, NASA and the US Geological Survey.

K. Scott Kreider

Atlantic City's Incredibly Bad Gamble on the Revel Casino

When it opened, investors promised the Revel would be a savior. Just a year later, it filed for bankruptcy.

Why Historical Maps Still Matter So Much, Even Today

Mega-collector David Rumsey explains how maps are an "archive of information."

Kaid Benfield

The Kind of Genius It Takes to Create Unique, Memorable Spaces

The fight against places that lack character and distinctiveness.


The Link Between High Levels of Homeownership and Unemployment

Communities with lots of homeowners may restrict labor mobility, generate longer commutes, and lower rates of new business formation.


We May Never Know For Sure Whether Ariel Castro's Neighbors Made Earlier 911 Calls

Cleveland police have released departmental records to try to prove they didn't, despite disturbing statements to the media.


Transforming Public Housing, Minus the Wrecking Ball

New York's overhaul offers room not only for new, revenue-producing housing but the creation of whole neighborhoods.

Sarah Goodyear

Putting Inner City Students on a Path to High-Paying Jobs, For Real

How and why Citizen Schools' "apprenticeships" are working.

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Record-Breaking Insect of the Day: The Greater Wax Moth

It can detect sounds of up to 300kHz. To compare, the teenagers chilling outside the 7-11 can hear a pathetic 20kHz.


The Demographic Milestone of the 2012 Election

For the first time, blacks voted at a higher rate nationally than whites.

A Tumblr of Utterly Terrible 'Affordable' Apartments

"Top bunk is $500 per month, bottom bunk is $600 per month."


How Much Do Automated License Plate Readers Know About You?

Civil liberties advocates argue that it may be too much.


Beijing's Creepy, Abandoned Theme Park Is Finally Coming Down

Once, developers dreamed of building "the largest amusement park in Asia." But no longer.

Perlinger Archives

In 1954, Americans Were Told to Paint Their Houses to Increase Their Chances of Surviving an Atomic Bomb

How the paint and varnish lobby used the Cold War to sell property upkeep.


5 Common-Sense Ideas to Combat Crime

Measures that have been empirically proven to effectively lower crime and reduce the costs associated with it.