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The Bizarre History and Fiery End of Berlin's Iconic Abandoned Amusement Park

Communism, drug trafficking, arson—Spreepark saw it all. 

Pre-Ground Coffee Can Contain Corn, Soybeans, Twigs, Dirt

That's the unappetizing news from researchers analyzing java's chemistry.

John Fowler

Tonight's Perseid Meteor Shower Should Be Visible in Even the Most Light-Polluted Cities

The best shower of the year is known for its intense, colorful "fireballs."

Matt Dellinger

What a Train Trip From L.A. to S.F. Can Teach Us About California's High-Speed Rail Future

The state is as likely a place as any to see the future of rail unfold.

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These Dogs Hunt NYC's Gnarliest Rats for Sport

For nearly a decade, one group has chased the city's most notorious pests with their faithful pets.

Kevin A. Fraser

The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean

Before you chuck your apartment to live on a boat, heed the wisdom of a man who lives alone at sea.

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Paramilitary Police Are Changing Law Enforcement in the Suburbs

SWAT teams, riot gear, armored vehicles, and other super-sized police equipment and tactics are spreading into smaller spaces and conflicts.

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The 'Bloomberg Terminal for Fashion' Reveals What Consumers Want—Now

Big data has turned "fashion forecasting" from an art into a science. Is that a good thing? 

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Plane Tickets Are Too Cheap for Airlines to do Much About Pollution

Making flying more expensive is one way to save the friendly skies. 

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How U.S. College Rankings Haven't Changed Over the Past Century

Elite institutions have remained that way for more than 100 years for a reason.

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Transit Projects Shouldn't Take Longer to Finish in 2014 Than They Did in 1925

Here are a few ways to make sure they don't.

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Your Tech Peak Is in Your Mid-Teens, and It’s All Downhill From There

Think you’re a tech guru in the working world? Think again.

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Why Mayors Need a UN-Like Organization of Their Own

The world’s mayors are running the biggest and most important cities in all of human history. They need to have a forum.

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10 Years Later, Here Are the Remains of Athens' Olympic Games

A look at the aging symbols of Greece's pre-crisis spending.

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My Misadventures in Urban Composting

How I learned to stop worrying and love my worms.

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Baltimore Gets a Giant Bus Stop Shaped Like the Word 'Bus'

But how do you get to the top part of the big B?

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What to Expect From Your Future Library: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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How Man-Made Earthquakes Are Changing the Seismic Landscape

Scientists say fracking is part of why Oklahoma now rivals California in quake activity.

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The Real Reason You Can't Text 911

Major cell-phones companies are equipped to let callers text emergency call centers, but most states aren’t.