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Zach Worrell

Inside an Immense, Honking 'Goose Cloud'

Zach Worrell accidentally sent his quadcopter right up into a huge flock of migrating birds. Here's what he could see.

Reuters/Arko Datta

What Happened to All Those Women Taxi Drivers in India?

Few "for women, by women" cab companies have managed to stay afloat.

Flickr/Heath Alseike

Walkability Is Good for You

A slew of new research links walkable neighborhoods with safer, healthier, more democratic places.

Impossible Technology

Presenting the World's Tiniest E-Bike

The "Impossible" electric bike folds up to fit in a backpack, and makes riders look only slightly like a bear doing a circus trick.

George Eastman House

The Death and Life of the 13-Month Calendar

Favored by leaders in transportation and logistics, the International Fixed Calendar was a favorite of Kodak founder George Eastman, whose company used it until 1989.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Why Cities Should Be at the Forefront of Transgender Rights

States are not politically nimble enough to secure identity rights for some of their most vulnerable populations. Cities can do better.   

Songquan Deng

Not-So-Bright Lights, Big City

A New York City Council member wants the lights off at night in 40,000 commercial buildings to save the environment. Would this dim the city's iconic skyline?

Parable of the Polygons

An Immersive Game Shows How Easily Segregation Arises—and How We Might Fix It

"Parable of the Polygons" is playable version of Thomas Schelling's model of neighborhood segregation, with an optimistic ending.

Dust Mites Travel the World the Same Way We All Do—On Commercial Flights

The allergy-causing organisms commonly latch on to our luggage, clothes, and (gag) food.

NOAA

There Are At Least 5.25 Trillion Pieces of Plastic in the Ocean

And that's a highly conservative estimate, say scientists.

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A Booming North Carolina County Presses Reset on Transit Planning

It’s too early to talk specifics, but Wake County knows it needs a strong long-range plan to be regionally competitive.

The Town Where High Tech Meets a 1950s Lifestyle

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Moscow Will Not Build an Eye of Sauron Downtown After All

Better luck next time, Dark Lord of Mordor. And cagey Russian artists.

Reuters/Dominick Reuter

A Battle Over Free Speech on Public Streets May Head to the Supreme Court

A confluence of "buffer zone" cases has made Worcester, Massachusetts, a First Amendment battleground.

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5 Parking Innovations Every City Should Adopt

From pay-by-plate kiosks to pollution surcharges to length-based fees.

Your City's Football Team Can Have Its Own European Soccer Club Logo

Football as Football re-imagines (American) football team logos as (European) football team logos. It's a huge improvement.

Watch Dallas Get Swallowed in an Ocean of Fog

A fog layer was so thick it looked like a snowstorm.

AP images

On Immigration, Gaining the Support of Mayors Is as Much Practical as It Is Political

Cities with large foreign-born populations are likely to process the bulk of applicants following Obama's executive order.

A rendering of Future Lagos, with city design that works with rising sea levels. Courtesy NLÉ and Zoohaus/Inteligencias Colectivas

At MoMA, How 'Tactical Urbanism' Can Preserve the Future of Cities

As the world braces for a huge population influx into cities, a new exhibit looks at how scaling infrastructure could improve life in the accompanying "unplanned settlements."