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How a Glob of Fat the Size of a School Bus Got Stuck in the London Sewers

Blame the wet wipes.

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San Francisco Has Needed This for a Long Time: a 'Hill Mapper'

Rejoice, Bay Area residents: There's now a high-tech way to plot a course around the city's ridiculously steep hills.

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This Amazing New Map Charts 'Moments,' Rather Than Places

With the new Hi app, users can submit stories or pictures of any spot.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Chronicling the Seamier Side of Europe's Hottest Cities

A spate of new blogs seek out the underbelly of Paris, London and Berlin.

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Sorry New York and L.A. (and Other Cities), No More CBS (or Showtime) for a While

Time Warner and CBS are locked in a dispute over transmission fees.

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Fun Fact of the Day: 3:05 p.m. Is Miami's Official Coffee Break

It's a celebration of cafecito, Cuban culture, and the city's area code.

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Watch the Intricate Patterns of Global Infrastructure Emerge From Geocoded Tweets

It's a pretty impressive snapshot of the transportation networks of large stretches of the globe.

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Interactive Map of the Day: The Age of Every Building in Brooklyn

Plotting the ages of every structure in the borough.

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Dinner Party of the Day: Avoid Tourist Traps, 'EatWith' Locals

A start-up has recruited hundreds of dinner party hosts across Europe and South America. It's coming to New York -- will it succeed?

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The Insane Logistics of 'eBay Now'

The frontier of online retail keeps getting weirder.

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A Lost Scottish Island, George Orwell, and the Future of Maps

A 141 square-mile island vanished from Google Maps, and the company has yet to restore it. What do glitches mean for little-known places?

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Manhunts Made Smarter

Could better software change how police departments find fugitives?

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Bots Are Battling for Restaurant Reservations in San Francisco

Table for two? It's on.

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Death Toll Rises to 78 in Spanish Rail Disaster

Firefighters described a grisly scene that looked like "hell," with train cars torn in half and dozens trapped under burning wreckage.

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Public Space Improvement of the Day: Free WiFi for San Francisco's Parks

Google is donating $600,000 to the city, moving it one step closer to free internet for all.

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You Will Not Believe How Much You Can Carry With a Little Bit of Ingenuity

Amazing feats of DIY transport from around the world.

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The Exquisite Geometry of Global Flight Paths

As revealed by a billion dots of color.

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Could You Run Your City on Oats?

What metros can learn from universities' efforts to go green.