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A Look at the Painstaking, Intricate Art of Globemaking

There are only a few dedicated artisanal globemakers left in the world—and there’s good reason for that.

Be a Weather Hero by Photographing the World's Newest Cloud

You could become the official face of “asperitas,” the first novel cloud type identified since 1951.

African Cities Are Starting to Look Eerily Like Chinese Ones

A journalist and an architect tell us how and why.

The Beauty of Africa's Traditional Architecture, In One Big Database

It includes centuries-old buildings made with mud and entire cities built on stilts.

In Rio, It's Still Full Speed Ahead for 2016

Hazardous water, displacement, and rising police violence still plague the city, but Mayor Paes insists Rio is already better off thanks to next year's Summer Olympics.

In Mumbai, Taxis Are Transforming Into Works of Art

The Taxi Fabric project gives local designers a new vehicle to show off their work.

The Crumbling Grandeur of Egypt's Summer Homes

It’s a wonder some of these places are still occupied.

The Chesapeake Bay Is Turning Into Plastic Soup

Microplastics contaminate the water on a massive scale.

A Migrant's Trek Through Macedonia

A stressful but critical step in the journey for many Syrians and Iraqis on their way north through Europe.

Meet London's King of Edible Architecture

Carl Warner builds and photographs cityscapes made of produce.

Meet New York City's Master of Sand

Calvin Seibert’s astounding sandcastles are made to be destroyed.

The Quiet Grandeur of New York and L.A. From Above

New photographs from Jeffrey Milstein capture both cities from the sky.

These Are the Saddest Amtrak Stations in America

Some of the nation’s train stations don’t make a great impression. That won’t change until Congress truly funds passenger rail.

A Chinese Beach City Welcomes Its Annual Algae Bloom

The arrival of a million tons of green biomass to the beaches of Qingdao has become a summer rite of passage.

The Panama Canal Is About To Become an Even Bigger 'Big Ditch'

The soon-to-open expanded canal will—finally—accommodate the world’s gigantic freight ships. For now.

A Drone Tour of Mumbai's Largest Bedroom Community

Navi Mumbai was supposed to be a fully functioning satellite city, but in practice it’s more like suburban sprawl.

The National Building Museum Built a Giant Ball-Pit 'Beach'

The D.C. museum has got the big, fun, dumb, summer thing down.

An Overpass Built For a Bear

Oslo’s new “bee highway” is just one part of an emerging trend in highway infrastructure.

Gape at Some of America's Best Weather Photography

Here are the winners of NOAA’s “Weather in Focus” photo contest.