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A Chandelier That Actually Grows Things

A product that unexpectedly combines electricity and nature.

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A Single Day On the Moscow Subway, in 2 Minutes

A time-lapse film highlights both the serene and the chaotic nature of the city's famous subway system.

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Which U.S. City Had the Best April Fool's Prank?

Etsy acquired the city of Portland; Boulder's electric company cut off service for residents who voted against it; Philadelphia unveiled a pedestrian lane for distracted texters.

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Postcard From Rio de Janiero

Love in the shadows of World Bike Day, and other news.

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A Natural Fix for Ireland's 'Ghost Estates'

Gardeners reclaim the half-built McMansions of the Irish countryside.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bus Rapid Transit

A new database corrals just about everything that's known about the 134 BRT systems in the world.

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The Midwest's Big Economic Miscalculation

The rebirth of traditional industries isn't necessarily a good thing.

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The Best City Websites for Online Engagement

Local government sites increasingly embrace social networking, but is it working?

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Why China Lags on Innovation and Creativity

The world's most populous nation is an industrial powerhouse, but it has not yet transitioned to a knowledge-based economy.

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The Elusiveness of Police Accountability

If Trayvon Martin had been shot by an officer, his killing wouldn't have sparked a national outcry. Why it's so hard to hold officers accountable for excessive force.

Make the Most of Your Apartment Radiator

A ceramic tray designed to fit your radiator.

Grid of the Day: The Brain

Our minds are laid out like Manhattan's streets.

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A Crosswalk You Can Roll Up and Carry Away

Urban hacker Florian Rivière makes the streets of France his playground with movable crosswalks, pigeon traps and a shopping-cart soccer field.

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How Can We Make Cities Quieter?

The best responses to this week's The Big Fix.

Sheboygan's Odd, Addictive Police Scanner Chatter

@Sheboyganscan posts shocking, head-scratching and zen tweets from the Wisconsin city's police scanner.

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Is the Retro Ballpark Movement Officially Over?

20 years since Camden Yards opened in Baltimore, a look back on the stadium design that's emerged since.

The Secret Geometric Treasures Hidden Around Los Angeles

Designer Paige Smith fills the city's drainage holes with glittering geological matter.

Postcard From Dongyang

Urine-soaked eggs as afternoon snack.

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Here Is New York Transit

It's where rich and poor, wise and weird, picker and non-picker unite.