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Defend Your Transit System With City-Specific Water Bottles

A source of urban pride you can carry around.

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Should Cops Have to Live Where They Work?

The question of whether police officers should live in the communities they patrol has a long and contentious history.

Elizabeth Lowe

The Urban Environment Is Creating Super-Sized Spiders

It's helping them spawn tons of spider eggs, too.

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What Paul Ryan Won't Say About Ferguson

The House Republican wants to lead on poverty and change, but he can't lead on the changes that Ferguson needs.

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Mapping America's New Economy in Construction Permits

The Boston-Washington corridor is up; the Rustbelt and Sunbelt are down.

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Why You Should Get to Know Your Neighbors

You'll be less likely to die of a heart attack, for starters.

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Want to See How Fast Coastal Wetlands and Forests Are Vanishing?

New federal data reveals the regional decline in coastal ecosystems.

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This Is How Fragile Peace Is in Ferguson

The atmosphere in the St. Louis suburb went from peaceful to tense early Wednesday morning.

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Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute?

Walkers, cyclists, and commuter-rail riders are much more satisfied than drivers and transit users.

Bernhard Jenny

Making Better Digital Maps in an Era of Standardization

Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps.

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Even for the Pros, Fake ID Photos Are Tough to Catch

A new study shows that passport officials are pretty bad at catching fraudulent photo users.

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Police Cameras Won't Change Hearts and Minds in Ferguson

The city of Ferguson should get press cameras back into the air and name badges back onto officers. 

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Whites Have Confidence in Ferguson Investigations. Blacks, Not So Much.

There's a clear racial divide on faith in official inquiries regarding Michael Brown's shooting.

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This Flying Space Rock Is Way Bigger Than Los Angeles

The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is really big. Earthlings should study it now—before something similar comes knocking at our atmosphere.

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The Navy Is Tracking Ocean Sounds Collected by Scientists

A network of Internet-connected undersea microphones is picking up more than whale songs.

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Why the World Smells Different After It Rains

Behold, the wonders of petrichor.

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A New School Year, a New Racial Landscape

More than half of all public school students this fall will be Hispanic, Asian, African American, Native American, or multiracial.

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For Anything to Change, Missouri Should Consolidate St. Louis

It's time for leaders in Missouri to start flexing muscle where it can make a difference: in the political structure of St. Louis.

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The Arctic Is Losing an Alarming Amount of Snow

Snow depth on sea ice has fallen by as much as half in the past 50 years.