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'From Under the Rust'

Saving America's Ghost Trains

Can a band of locomotive experts rescue vintage railcars from ruin?

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It's Time for a Four-Day Workweek

Evidence shows that a seven-day week with a two-day weekend is an inefficient model.

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Who's in Charge in Ferguson?

There are six different agencies involved now. What could go wrong?

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Visualizing the Shaking Rage of Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano

This is what a swarm of earthquakes looks like underneath the massive stratovolcano.

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How to Save America's Crumbling Bridges While Congress Gets Its Funding Act Together

Infrastructure sensors can detect safety hazards, improve traffic flows, and even help generate revenue.

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'Going to Switzerland' for Assisted Suicide Is Getting So Popular It's Become a Euphemism

"Suicide tourism" in Switzerland doubled between 2009 and 2012—a rise that may affect legislation in other countries.

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What the Lego Company Can Learn From Its Own Lego House Museum

Museum architect Bjarke Ingels is building better ideas with Legos than the company that designed them.

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Is Japan's Love of Pachinko Fading?

The semi-legal game faces potential regulation, and parlor operators may have to compete with new casino resorts.

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Defend Your Transit System With City-Specific Water Bottles

A source of urban pride you can carry around.

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Should Cops Have to Live Where They Work?

The question of whether police officers should live in the communities they patrol has a long and contentious history.

Elizabeth Lowe

The Urban Environment Is Creating Super-Sized Spiders

It's helping them spawn tons of spider eggs, too.

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What Paul Ryan Won't Say About Ferguson

The House Republican wants to lead on poverty and change, but he can't lead on the changes that Ferguson needs.

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Mapping America's New Economy in Construction Permits

The Boston-Washington corridor is up; the Rustbelt and Sunbelt are down.

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Why You Should Get to Know Your Neighbors

You'll be less likely to die of a heart attack, for starters.

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Want to See How Fast Coastal Wetlands and Forests Are Vanishing?

New federal data reveals the regional decline in coastal ecosystems.

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This Is How Fragile Peace Is in Ferguson

The atmosphere in the St. Louis suburb went from peaceful to tense early Wednesday morning.

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Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute?

Walkers, cyclists, and commuter-rail riders are much more satisfied than drivers and transit users.

Bernhard Jenny

Making Better Digital Maps in an Era of Standardization

Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps.

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Even for the Pros, Fake ID Photos Are Tough to Catch

A new study shows that passport officials are pretty bad at catching fraudulent photo users.