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Networking Can Make People Feel Physically Dirty

Research shows schmoozing for career growth can make you feel slimy—literally. It doesn't have to be that way.

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Why Isn't Congress Throwing a Lifeline to Millions of Drowning Homeowners?

We need get the housing market back to normal as quickly as possible. So isn't reauthorizing the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act a no-brainer?

Nichole Dobo

What Happens When Schools Can't Get Online?

About 70 percent of America's elementary schools still rely on slow internet connections. But in rural areas, the challenges—and costs—make getting broadband particularly complicated.

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Charting Which Days We Feel Bad

Wednesdays are for anxiety. Suicidal thoughts peak on Sundays. Can a new trove of data help us find better ways to well-being?

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Why the People in Charge of Transit Systems Should Be Required to Actually Ride Transit

It may sound obvious, but it's a big problem in cities across the country.

An Endearingly Cranky Tour of Street Typography

Designer James Victore has a lot of strong opinions about the dumb fonts employed by local businesses.

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The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change, Illustrated in Cartoons

Real-life climate researchers have lent their likenesses to this skeptic-destroying comic series.

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However Useless, Economic Development Incentives Are on the Rise

Nevada’s Gigafactory deal is just the latest of the roughly $70 billion in incentives governments have given companies since the mid-1970s.

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This Tiny Tool Will Have You Nailing Wall Art

The Eyeballer: An easy alternative to banging a bunch of holes in your wall.

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Building an Unhackable Autonomous Vehicle

We should investigate the many ways hackers could disrupt self-driving cars before we begin deploying them.

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Maybe You Should Get a NoPhone Instead

Introducing a phone-shaped block that does nothing—except free you from smartphone shackles.

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Can Waving Orange Flags Really Make Pedestrians Safer?

More cities are trying to make crossing the street less deadly by handing out low-tech flags. But does this just make walkers seem weird?

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It's Getting Harder to Dismiss the Thames as That 'Dirty Old River'

Several new efforts to clean up London's long-polluted waterway appear to be working. One day soon, you might even be able to take a slime-free swim.

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The War on Coal Is a Culture War

There's a sharp divide between liberal coastal states leading the charge against fossil fuels and the conservative, inland states that still depend on them.

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Texas Is Mad That Mexico Won't Share the Rio Grande's Water

Mexico owes the U.S. a lot of water—but that country is experiencing a major drought, too. 

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Rethinking the Urban Cemetery

The future of burial might be interactive—or it might be eco-compostable.

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With Vastly Lower Costs, Mid-Size Cities Give the Hard Sell to Start-Ups

Affordability and public support is helping a handful of Southern U.S. cities seem more attractive to entrepreneurs. But can it last?

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European Wildfires Could Be 200 Percent Worse by the End of 2100

Blame more hot weather and longer droughts for a predicted uptick in land-blackening blazes.

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It's Crucial Not to Forget That Nearly Everyone Still Drives to Work

In every urban demographic group in our State of City poll, the majority commuted by car.