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By 2060, the American South Could Be Three Times as Urbanized

Here comes Charlanta the Gargantua.

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Black Homeowners Are Worse Off Today Than They Were 40 Years Ago

A new study finds that African Americans are dramatically more likely to transition back to renter status than whites.

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Andy Warhol's Film 'Empire' Turns 50

Celebrating one of the world's most famous skyscrapers on the day an equally famous artist filmed it. For a long, long time.

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Medellín Made Urban Escalators Famous. But to What End?

The results of a three-month study on the economic and social effects of the Colombian city's iconic intervention. 

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Cities from Space, on Stunning Silk Scarves

Wearable satellite images of Paris, London, and New York. 

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Could Extraterrestrial Pollution Be a Sign of Life in Space?

A novel approach to the search for intelligent (or not so intelligent) beings. 

Where Restaurant Reservations Come From

A journey into the mysterious origins of the pre-arranged table.

Griffin Hammond, Randy Clemens

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to a Seaside Town in Thailand

A visual history of the "rooster sauce" that goes with everything.

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Imagining the Gaza Invasion in Major U.S. Cities Through Maps

There are 1.8 million people in Gaza. What would that look like in your city?

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The Housing Market Is Improving, but There Still Aren't Enough Affordable Homes to Go Around

The "great reset," continued. 

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Why Are Europeans 'Bad English Shaming' Their Politicians?

English has become the lingua franca of Europe. And politicians who can't speak it well are getting roundly mocked by their own citizens.

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Austin's Rail-or-Fail Vote Is Uniting Transit Supporters and Foes

Facing down a determined opposition, Austin is wise to plan for growth with its new rail project—even if that means investing in areas where demand is only starting to arrive.

Tomáš Moravec

Think You Can Shred? Try Skateboarding a Pallet Down Tram Tracks

We don't actually recommend that. But one skater has developed something way cooler than any longboard.

A Chinese City Has Been Quarantined After Reports of Plague

The Black Death is back. In China. Right now. 

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Morning People Are More Likely to Lie to Their Bosses in the Afternoon

And night owls tend to be less ethical in the morning. Siestas might make everyone behave a little better.

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The World's Tallest Slum Is Being Cleared by the Venezuelan Government

It's been called "a pirate utopia." But the eviction of 3,000 residents is no solution to Caracas' glaring poverty and desperate housing shortage.

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Looking Back at America's Largest Hailstone

On this day in 2010, a town in South Dakota was visited by a two-pound ice monster from the sky.

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Why the U.S. Is Building a Fantastical Aquarium in Brazil

An exotic new aquarium under construction in Brazil is a lightning rod on two continents—and the latest test of the theory that where weird designs go, new cities follow.

Cameron Beccario

A Lovely Animation of the Planet's Hot-Weather 'Misery'

Where in the world is it unbearably hot right now?