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The New Rules of Smartphone Etiquette

A Pew study reveals growing consensus—and points of contention—in the do’s and don’ts of cellphone use.

The Surprising Link Between Skin Color, Gender, and Immigrant Employment

Age-old stereotypes interact in complex ways when new arrivals look for jobs.

A Look at the Painstaking, Intricate Art of Globemaking

There are only a few dedicated artisanal globemakers left in the world—and there’s good reason for that.

Future Jails May Look and Function More Like Colleges

A look at the push to design correctional facilities for rehabilitation rather than punishment.

'Manspreading': Now Taking Up Space in the Oxford English Dictionary

It’s no longer just a subway horror.

America’s Great Infrastructure Stagnation

The entire system of fixing old roads and rails and financing new ones is breaking down—just ask Boston.

The Geography of Pop Music Superstars

Three cities have dominated over time: New York, London, and L.A.

How Tech Helps Guide the Blind

New developments in accessible technology have made it easier than ever for the visually-impaired to connect.

The Streets of Paris, Renamed for Women

A feminist group, Osez le Féminisme, is calling attention to the city map’s big gender gap.

The Raging Future of American Wildfires

The risk of major blazes could increase 600 percent by mid-century, say scientists.

This Newfangled Bike Rack Is a Forest of Flexible Poles

It supposedly prevents your frame paint from chipping.

Why Louisiana Fought Low-Income Housing in New Orleans After Katrina

For four years during massive rebuilding, the state imposed a moratorium on all new subsidized housing. The city is still paying the price.

A Place for the Mardi Gras Indians

With a planned “cultural campus,” New Orleans’s famed costumed tribes hope to take back their image.

Watch Poverty in School Districts Escalate Before Your Very Eyes

Since the recession, more children than ever are living in impoverished school districts.

Browsing New York's Most Treasured Interiors

A new book hopes to remind readers to look beyond buildings’ facades.

Turn Your Landline Into a Smartphone

For those of you who haven't ditched the home phone.

How Much Does Your Family Need to Get By?

A new tool compares housing, food, child care, and other household costs in 618 American metros.

The Drought Isn't Just a California Problem

A rundown of other Western states in the middle of serious dry spells.

Tag Team: The Graffiti Artists of 'Show Me a Hero'

The graphic designer Chris Capuozzo used photographs of Yonkers taken by his wife during the 1980s in order to achieve verisimilitude for the HBO show’s sets.