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The PPlanter Team

Greening Cities Through the Power of Public Urination

A team of San Francisco inventors view drunks and the homeless as reservoirs of golden fertilizer.

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Grand Central Could Get a Giant, Elevating Observation Hoop

Architects honor New York's revered train station with a proposal that might make you want to dunk.

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This Atlas of 20th Century Architecture Weighs As Much As a Spare Tire

150 specialists, 750 buildings, 5,500 photographs, 100 years. Plus a crucial carrying case with a handle.

Luminous Photos of Phuket's Wild Vegetarian Festival

The celebration, which features massive face piercings, is not for the faint of heart.

Reuters

Could Twentysomethings Become the Heroes of the Recovery?

It all comes down to two words: household formation.

Reuters

New York Islanders Will Move to Brooklyn

The announcement is expected to take place at 1 p.m. today.

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What's the Best Way to Figure Out What Bike Riders Really Want?

A new study takes a real-time approach to see why cyclists choose some routes over others.

Sommer Mathis

Why Sometimes You Can Smell the Sewer Even Though You Mostly Can't

5 reasons you might get a sudden whiff of something unpleasant.

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The Gender Psychology of Losing Your Car in a Parking Lot

It happens to the best of us. But men may be better at finding their way straight back to the right spot.

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A Bicycle That Seats You Plus Two Children (If You're Okay With That)

This Japanese commuting bike mounts kids on the front and back ends of a bicycle, almost like biological bumpers.

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To Fix Municipal Finances, States Need to Back Off

Many cities are powerless when it comes to controlling the money in their coffers. Here's how to fix that.

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Strange Car Feature of the Day: A Seat That Feels Like It's Made of Fingers

Nissan researchers want to build a car with a human touch.

Marlin Peterson

Colossal Arachnids Menace the Space Needle

Artist Marlin Peterson improved the Seattle Center with frighteningly realistic (and large) daddy longlegs.

Reuters

Does Tom Wolfe Get Miami Right?

His new novel Back to Blood is set in Miami. But critics are split on whether he captures the essence of the city.

Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse

Visions of the Past: Recreating World War II in Today's Cities

A photography project reminds us that soldiers surrendered and prisoners marched on the same streets we walk along every day.

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A Japanese Luxury 'Hotel' Inside a Public Bathroom

The eternal dream of humankind – to enjoy room service while on the toilet – has finally come to fruition.

Reuters

Thousands Dance, Don Purple Robes for Panama's 'Black Jesus' Festival

Over 60,000 pilgrims come each year to pray for forgiveness.

Reuters

Young Adults Are Finally Leaving Their Parents' Houses

After a Great Recession slump, the number of new households is ticking up.

Mikael Colville-Andersen

Bicycle Schools, Complete with Bamboo Bikes, On a Roll in Brazil

File under things that make you feel good.