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Finding the Stories of NYC's Unclaimed Dead

An interactive project is building a community around the thousands buried in the city's inaccessible Hart Island cemetery.

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The 8 Best Jerry Brown Lines from California's High-Speed Rail Groundbreaking

A dig at Republican critics, a kind-of dig at martini drinkers, a call for state unity, and more.

Will Shoes One Day Generate Renewable Energy?

These insoles would let wearers produce electricity and feed it into the grid.

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Here's the Polar System That's Freezing the U.S.

Hello, wind chills of -45 degrees.

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How to Build an Igloo

The National Film Board of Canada digs up an old video that makes the current wintry East Coast weather seem downright tropical.

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The Future of London at Peak Population

The U.K. capital is set to break its population record. Is the city doing enough to prepare?

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Ohio City Changes Name Because... Sports

As the Ohio State Buckeyes prepare for a championship game against the Oregon Ducks, the city of Oregon, Ohio, gets a ridiculous new name.

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Engage in 'Transit Battle' With the NYC Bus System

Click on your location and see how many minutes you could save by integrating buses into your journey—mapped in vivid color.

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The Connection Between Successful Cities and Inequality

New research shows that the largest U.S. cities would do well to focus on workers at the bottom of the economic ladder.

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Which Is More Evil: Uber or D.C.'s Old Taxi Zone System?

Uber may not be an ideal ride-hailing solution. But let's remember the unpredictable, shifty days of Washington's unmetered cabs.

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Meet the Man Trying to Fix L.A.'s Zoning

Tom Rothmann is charged with streamlining a crazy-quilt zoning code that dates back to 1946. It won't be easy.

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Which U.S. Cities Are Banning Sledding?

It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt and sues, so some cities are nixing sleds on public land.

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Proof that California's Drivers Can't Handle the Rain

Crunching the numbers on L.A.'s wet-weather car wrecks.

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It's Too Early to Call 2014 the Hottest Year on Record

Scientists are still compiling evidence for that ignoble distinction.

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A Giant, Fake Moon Rises in an Abandoned Lithuanian Building

Residents of Kaunas are seeing double due to a local artist's surreal astronomical illusion.

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The Los Angeles Rams Loved Public Transit

Journey back to 1975, when the Rams still played in Southern California—and helped promote regional bus service.

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No More Winter 'Dibs' on Parking Spots

In Boston's South End, a debate over post-snow parking rights shows that no one should "own" any part of public streets.

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What Makes Nature Look Natural?

Understanding the visual elements that scan as "natural" could mean better design for built environments.

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In Germany, Renters' Rights Trump Guest Bathrooms

As the country follows France with hardline protections for lower-income renters, new laws prohibit some property upgrades. And for many Germans, that's just fine.