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Inauguration 2013: A Ballet of Logistics

This is what it looks like when hundreds of thousands of visitors stream through downtown Washington.

Voice-Operated Texting While Driving: As Unsafe As It Ever Was

A new California law says drivers can text and email via voice systems safely — but the evidence begs to differ.

Practical Suggestions for Disaster Preparedness From New Yorkers

Pulley systems for delivering food in tall buildings, rainwater harvesting, and other smart ideas.

Awesome Images of the Day: Streetview Kaleidoscope

The world like you've never seen it before.

D.C. Taxis Finally Forced to Start Accepting Credit Cards

A decree from the D.C. Taxicab Commission will force drivers to install credit card machines by Mar. 31.

Need Extra Room on the Subway? Try This Spiky 'Hedgehog' Dress

Youngsil Lee's garment raises a shield of skin-puncturing needles when its wearer feels threatened (or is just being a jerk).

Why 3D Modeling Will Play a Huge Role in Tackling Rapid Urbanization

We can now simulate the effects of earthquakes, traffic jams and population expansion. From every angle.

The World's Weirdest New Hotel Rooms

Chocolate, ice, and other strange spots to rest your weary head.

When Pinball Was Illegal in New York (and Chicago and L.A.)

Can't hear those buzzers and bells.

As Important As It Is, LEED Can Be So Embarrassing

A new certified LEED-platinum building may not be all that green, if you consider its outlandish size and challenging climate setting.

In Oregon, Pushing Ahead With Road Use Fees

The state's latest pilot program overcomes privacy concerns by giving drivers five options, from full tracking to none at all.

Toronto's Reimagined Maple Leaf Gardens Fulfills its Destiny (at Long Last)

There's no hockey, but a grocery store and sports center are drawing people from around the city.

Soon, the Only Place to Smoke in San Francisco Will Be Alcatraz

Also recently banned: a throat-slitting kite string in India and an Aussie grandma who made $1 million worth of false emergency phone calls.

When Travel Writing Goes Wrong: 'Edgy' Berlin Edition

4 clichés every travelogue about Germany's capital apparently must include.

Norwegian Train Promotion of the Day: Hours of Free Footage Up for Grabs

Happy 50th, Nordlandsbanen!

The 'Best' Ways to Incite Road Rage

We're looking at you, erratic lane weavers.

How a Reluctant Mayor Rescued San Francisco's Budget

Ed Lee came into office facing a $385 million deficit. By rethinking the pension system, he managed to save the city $1.3 billion over 10 years.

Beijing's Air Quality Crisis May Have Had a Silver Lining

Typically, the Chinese press tries to put the best spin on Beijing's pollution. But  the national media covered "airpocalypse" with startling frankness.

The Amazing Amount of Damage Sandy Left Behind

Almost three months later, there's still much to do.