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How to Actually Help the Refugees Flooding Into Europe

They don't need more clothes. But these contributions really do make a difference.

When America Hits Peak Fall Foliage released a map predicting the optimal times and places to see the leaves change in 2015.

Ask CityLab: Do "WALK" Buttons Actually Do Anything?

Hurry up and wait.

The Automation of the American Lunch

A new San Francisco restaurant seems novel—but it’s actually the latest iteration of a decades-old fascination with vending halls.

Let This Shape-Shifting Cube Navigate for You

A new haptic wayfinding gadget changes configuration to indicate direction and distance.

The 5 Stages of Apartment-Hunting Grief

A painful odyssey.

How Tech Helps Guide the Blind

New developments in accessible technology have made it easier than ever for the visually-impaired to connect.

How to Stay Awake Without Coffee

Watch cat videos.

Your Phone Could Help Make Airport Lines Shorter

New York’s JFK is tracking your location through your smartphone, streamlining the curb-to-cabin process.

The Quirkiest Free Fitness Classes in America

From trampolines to pickleball, these workout classes will help you get fit and get weird, without paying a cent.

Grocery Store Tomatoes Don't Have to Taste Bad

Scientists are developing processing methods that would retain more of the fruits’ flavor.

Can This 'Drinkable Book' Improve Public Health?

Each sheet of water-cleansing paper can purify up to 100 liters of contaminated drinking water.

The Link Between Green Space and Well-Being Isn't As Simple As We Thought

What does it mean for public health officials?

The Economics of Latte Art

A new study shows that people are willing to pay significantly more for those milky swirls.

The Easiest Way to Navigate Municipal Websites: A Super Smart Computer

Turns out, IBM’s Watson is not just for beating humans at Jeopardy!

How Not to Get the Plague

News reports of humans contracting the infamous disease are alarming, but it's still very rare.

13 Tips to Make Moving Slightly Less Hellish

How to escape with at least a shred of dignity.

Ask CityLab: How Do I Get Rid of Head Lice?

They multiply like bunnies. The sooner you spot them, the better.

Offices Aren't Designed for Women in General

It’s not just A/C: Despite women having made huge gains in the labor force, office infrastructure hasn’t caught up.