Videos

In an Alternate Universe, America's Highways Are Paved in Rubber

Faced with crumbling roads, a crack team of researchers proposed a bold rejiggering of asphalt.

Ampisound/YouTube

Perspective-Bending Video of the Day: Point-of-View Parkour

If you are too scared to do it for real.

A Stunning Time-Lapse Video of Shanghai

Photographer Rob Whitworth portrays the tremendous energy of China's largest city.

YouTube/TimPietrolungo

The Worst of Last Night's Firework Disasters

Cities and towns all over America lit up the skies with their Fourth of July fireworks shows, but not all of them were so delightful.

NOAA

Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.

Reuters

Vertigo Integration: Street View Goes to the Top of the World's Tallest Building

Google takes its cameras to a street of the vertical variety.

Casey Neistat

Should You Commute by Citi Bike? One Man's Hilariously Detailed Analysis

The question of taxis vs. bicycles, answered in graphs.

Hyuro

Copenhagen's Gigantic New Mural Works Like a Flip-Book

The painting covers nearly 900 feet and looks like an animation to people driving by.

Mannfred Werner

Mind-Blowing Discovery of the Day: Angkor Wat Was Much Larger Than We Ever Imagined

Archaeologists say the uncovered medieval cityscape is "without parallel in the pre-industrial world."

Stayhold

Life Hack of the Day: A Device That Keeps Objects in the Trunk From Sliding Around

Solving an age-old problem.

In the 8th Century, the Egyptian City of Thonis Fell Into the Sea

In the 21st, you can watch it being rediscovered on YouTube.

Non-Human Mayoral Candidate of the Day: Morris the Cat

Yes we cat!

Streetfilms

This Bike Path Also Helps Prevent Flooded Sewers

A great example of how green infrastructure can be incorporated from the start in new street design.

Makani Power

Let's Go Fly a Wind Turbine

Meet Google's new kite-like apparatus that can capture wind energy where it's most powerful.

What on Earth!

Dystopian Cartoon of the Day: When Cars Ruled the World

And humans were just tiny little parasites, trying to hitch a ride.

Rex Sorgatz/Wikipedia

Ridiculous Record of the Day: Seattle's 2,131-Book Domino Rally

Anything to get the kids in the library, right?

Money-Making Scheme of the Day: Trick Tourists Into Giving Money to Statues

Step 1: Make them think that statues are actually remarkably disciplined performance artists. Step 2: Profit.

The Atlantic Cities

Can You Spot the Hidden Parking Garage on This San Francisco House?

Hint: Think of Transformers.

A Filmmaker's Scathing Critique of Istanbul's Urban Planning Policies

A 2011 documentary paints a frightening picture of the way bulldozers, bankers, and politicians are demolishing the city without regard to the environment.