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Lawn Signs for People Who Hate Lawn Signs

An experiment in the absurd from Maplewood, New Jersey.

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3 Big-Time Benefits of Real-Time Transit Data

They decrease wait time, improve satisfaction, and (likely) increase ridership.

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Help Science Identify a Kajillion Astronaut Photos of Cities

"Night Cities" is an ambitious project to create an atlas of urban space photography.

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Across the U.S., a Moment of Silence for Ferguson

Hundreds of demonstrators in dozens of cities marched for the memory of Michael Brown and other young black men whose lives were cut short.

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How the U.N. Is Grappling With the Role of Cities in Sustainable Development

Cities are home to a majority of the human race for the first time in history. But finding a place for them in the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years has proven surprisingly controversial. 

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Twitter Made an Amazing Map of Twitter Going Nuts Over Ferguson

Every geotagged tweet about #Ferguson, which shows the speed of global news today.

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Shanghai's Newest Art Exhibit Includes an Ark Filled With Stuffed Animals

Cai Guo-Qiang's haunting installations reflect on nature—and the horrible things people keep doing to it.

Two More Unarmed Young Black Men Have Been Shot by Police Since Michael Brown's Death

The names of African American men shot by police each week rarely make the news, but their ever-mounting numbers show how urgently reform is needed.

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China Tells Citizens to Bike, Walk, and Snitch in the 'United Struggle' to Breathe Easier

If your neighbors barbecue frequently, the Politburo would like to know.

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How to Take a Real Vacation: Set Your Office Emails to Auto-Delete While You're Gone

One company is replacing "out-of-office" replies with auto-delete so workers don't fret about returning to a mountain of mail.

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War Veterans Criticize the Tactics of Military-Armed Police in Ferguson

Vets are taking to social media to argue that police need military-level de-escalation training to go with all that war gear. 

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Should Super-Weaponized Police Wear Cameras?

Journalists and citizens have a right to record law-enforcement officers. But should we require police to record themselves?

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Homelessness and the Impossibility of a Good Night's Sleep

For people living on the streets or in shelters, sleep deprivation can lead to a host of other problems.

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The Pentagon Gave the Ferguson Police Department Military-Grade Weapons

The department is part of a federal program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus military equipment to civilian police forces across the U.S. 

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No, Fukushima Is Not a Wildlife Haven—and Neither Is Chernobyl

A slew of new research reveals the deleterious effects of radiation on Fukushima's ecology.

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Forget Vertical Farms, This Is a Vertical Rice Paddy/Fish Nursery/Transit Center/Nuclear Plant

No sustainable detail is left out of this proposed Hong Kong skyscraper.

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How Trash-Covered Beaches End Up Costing Everyone Money

In California, washed-up coastal garbage is having a big economic impact for Orange County, says a new report.

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Tired of Cyclists Riding on the Sidewalk? Build More Bike Lanes

In places with good bicycling infrastructure, research shows that sidewalk riding goes down even as ridership goes up.

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Penned in by Freeways, L.A. Mountain Lions Are Becoming Isolated—and Aggressive

Mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains are killing each other and inbreeding at alarming rates.