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A Fantastically Clear, Concise Explanation of Why Traffic Happens

Tom Vanderbilt on how human behavior makes congestion worse than it needs to be.

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This Bizarre 1980s Atlanta Promo Video Celebrates ... Highways and Office Parks

It offers up strange collection of "urban amenities," including shopping malls, and "futuristic" buildings.

Jonathan Trappe

Area Man Attempts to Cross the Atlantic Using Nothing but Helium Balloons

A real-life Up, aided by weather-tracking software and documented on Facebook.

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This Vending Machine in China Sells Living Crabs

The crab-o-mat is designed to satiate the appetites of boozy, late-night revelers.

MIT Senseable City Lab

The Future of Personal Drone Navigation Is Here

For the particularly cartographically challenged.

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Your Fridge Is Accelerating Climate Change, But it Doesn't Have To

Here's why, explained in 90 seconds.

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You Have to See This BMX Pro Do Sweet Tricks on a Citi Bike

Tyrone Williams makes bike-sharing look cool. 

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Riding the Dubai Metro Is Like Driving a Porsche

How to sell public transit in a city that loves its luxury cars.

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8 More Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure

Lofted bike lanes, automated parking, and more.

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Well, This Is Certainly One of the Worst Public Bus Stories We've Ever Heard

In Detroit, a rider says a bus driver cursed at her and refused to let her off. And then things got really bad.

A Hair-Raising Parkour Tribute to the Video Game 'Mirror's Edge'

This British homage to the popular dystopian game has everything (except the shooting-at-the-cops stuff, of course).

Fly Along With NASA's Cloud Hunters

Climb aboard NASA's biggest flying laboratory to discover the climate change secrets of clouds.

What the World's Been Waiting For: Some Nice Bicycle Underthings for Ladies

Functional and fabulous.

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Watch the Long-Delayed $6.4 Billion Bay Bridge Rise in Minutes

California's largest public works project is finally open to traffic.

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What Do Sneakers on Telephone Wires Really Mean?

A video explores urban legends from around the world.

The World's Most Over-the-Top Shopping Mall Ads

Emerging economies promote their new shopping centers with ambitious, strange commercials.

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Impressive Timelapse of the Day: A Multi-Story House Built in Just One Day

It's also fully insulated and hurricane-proof.

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Why the Yosemite Fire Is Especially Scary

Just for starters, it could cut off San Francisco's water supply.

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Explained in 90 Seconds: How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires

Higher temperatures, prolonged drought, and fire suppression policy combine to make fires worse.