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So, Apparently It's Cool to Hang Out of Moving, Tilted Cars in Saudi Arabia Now

A stunt that makes dudes shooting rifles while drifting seem almost tame.

Girls Who Code

The Power of Teaching Girls to Code

A growing summer camp is giving young women the skills they need to get high-paying tech jobs, before they've even graduated from high school.

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The Billion-Dollar Plan to Relocate One City's Entire Downtown

Mining damage is forcing Kiruna, Sweden, to pick up and move — two miles east.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Jonathan Kalan

Egypt's Entrepreneurs Try to Build a New Tech Hub Amid Unrest

As the country has undergone massive political shifts, a new start-up culture has bloomed.

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Two-Thirds of Americans Flush Public Toilets With Their Feet

Evolution gave us hands, but people are so afraid of germs in the bathroom they prefer to use feet, hips, and paper towels to touch things.

Stephan Hügel and Flora Roumpani

The Most and Least Popular London Buildings on Twitter, Mapped in 3D

Visualizing the various digital divides in the city.

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Why Cops and Prosecutors Are Begging iPhone Users to Upgrade to iOS 7

The new operating system might reduce iPhone thefts. 

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A School Devoted Entirely to the 'Science of Cities'

The Center for Urban Science and Progress wants to study city problems — and to solve them.

Watch a Houston Department Store Explode in Glorious Slow-Motion

This Sunday's demolition looked like a massive doughnut hole forming in the middle of a department store.

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A Necessary War on Garbage Trucks

Inside New York City's plan to reduce the annual miles driven by its sanitation department.

NOAA

An Intimidating Space View of the Misery-Sowing Hurricane Manuel

Looting, death, and a loose crocodile: Thanks to this Pacific tempest, life in Acapulco is not so sweet right now.

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The Hong Kong Marathon Wants to Ban Selfies

Even a quick snap can cause a massive, dangerous runner pile-up, organizers say.

Maps

Here's Where You're Most Likely to Die From Air Pollution

A new NASA map of the planet lays out the depressing geographies of smog and premature death.

Michelle Berman-Kowalewski

This Dead Whale Is Helping Science in an Incredibly Gross Way

Researchers are studying its earwax to learn about human-made ocean pollution. Yes, there are photos.

An Amazingly Precise New Tool to Measure Roadway Pollution

Five percent of vehicles are responsible for 90 percent of toxic emissions. Now we can figure out who the culprits are.

The Ages of 1 Million New York Buildings, Mapped in Explosive Color

This could be the most detailed open-data map of urban gerontology in existence.

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'Microbial Batteries' Could Soon Allow Us to Harvest Electricity From Wastewater

Stanford scientists say they've figured out how, and now the challenge will be to make it cheap enough to do on a large scale.

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NASA Has Invented a Lightweight Machine That Can Detect a Human Heartbeat Under 30 Feet of Rubble

The FINDER could change the way we rescue people from natural disasters.