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Drought Is Making California Shrink in Mass

There are "potentially dire consequences for the economic and food security of the United States."

What Public Signage Needs Is More Punching Bags

An intervention in Paris asks people to treat public spaces as private gyms.

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All the Single Ladies Should Move to San Jose or Denver

A new interactive map shows the best and worst cities for women looking to marry men.

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How Teleconferencing Could Help Urban Schools Solve a Mental Health Crisis

"Tele-mental health" services are fast, cheap, and effective—especially as the number of trained professionals in schools dwindles.

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The National Mall's Newest Portrait May Best Be Viewed From Space

Using satellite imagery and mass-agriculture technology, artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada has created a six-acre portrait visible from orbit.

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Are Hong Kong's Protests Peaceful to a Fault?

Research shows that nonviolent demonstration is more likely to get a movement’s message out. But what if your protest is too peaceful?

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Nappers of the World, Unite With the Ostrich Pillow Mini

Half pillow, half oven mitt—all comfort.

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Think Globally, Drink Water Locally

L.A. and other desert cities exist by importing vast quantities of water, but Peter and Hadley Arnold of the Arid Lands Institute have a different idea.

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Madrid's Public Transit, Brought to You by Megacorporations

A new sponsorship deal with retail giant Carrefour is just the latest move in renting out the city's Metro brand—and public space.

Dan Glass

A Complete Guide to the Future of U.S. Freight Movement

The future holds more and more stuff to be transported—and infrastructure will have to change drastically to accommodate our appetites.

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The Rate of Pedestrians Injured by Bicyclists Is Going Down

After recent high-profile deaths in NYC, the good news is that such accidents are becoming rarer—at least in New York and California.

Alexander Balchin

A Movable Skyscraper to Filter China's Nasty Air

This futuristic tower aims to use solar power to eliminate air pollution.

John Metcalfe

The Bay Area Graffiti Paradise Built on an Island of Garbage

The Albany Bulb was allegedly colonized by homeless sailors who covered it with strange art.

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Karl Lagerfeld Takes the Fight for Feminism to Paris' Streets

Actually, the fashion designer used the cause to turn the Grand Palais yesterday into a "demonstration" for Paris Fashion Week.

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Building 'Imaginary Cities'

An upcoming book shows that the architecture of fantasy isn't so far from reality.

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The Highway Really Is Raising Your Blood Pressure

Is building housing developments near major roadways a bad public health practice?

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Why Mothers Have Occupied a London Public Housing Complex

Focus E15 Mothers is fighting displacement of the poor in East London.  

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Las Vegas' 'Evangelical Urbanist' Steps Down From Bleeding Downtown Project

Tony Hsieh's visionary plan for the city's off-strip core seems to be imploding, leaving followers disillusioned.

NOAA

This Terrifying Map Depicts Weather Horror in High-Resolution

Detailed map projections, updated quickly, keep the fear factor current.