No, Wikipedia, the World Is Not Overrun With Sewer Rats

Debunking the total-world-domination myth of the common rat.


Venice's Case for Independence

Europe's latest secessionist movement wants to revive the Most Serene Republic of old.

Grassroots Engineering

A One-of-a-Kind Kayak Painstakingly Assembled from 28 3D-Printed Blocks

Building a boat, Minecraft-style.  


How Dangerous Are the Gas Pipes Under Your City?

America's aging gas network is big and getting bigger. Why that could be bad for you and the climate.

The 'Antisocial Network' App for Misanthropes and Loners

Find out the locations of all the people you direly want to avoid.

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A 26-Story History of San Francisco

What Yelp's new headquarters, the recently renovated landmark 140 New Montgomery, could teach the city's tech scene.

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Mysterious Found Footage Offers a Rare Glimpse of 1940s Chicago

One man's stellar garage sale find gives us a peek into the past.


Documenting Detroit by Drone

A local is finding ways to make money with his drones. Now he wants them to save lives too.


How Twitter Could Help Police Departments Predict Crime

The method recently worked in an experiment that analyzed Chicago crime, but privacy questions abound.


Seattle News Helicopter Crashes Near the Space Needle, Killing 2

The KOMO copter hit two cars and set off a series of explosions

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Was the Los Angeles Earthquake Caused by Fracking?

The epicenter was just eight miles from a disposal well where oil and gas wastewater is being injected underground at high pressure.

In the Future, You Might Charge Your Cell Phone by Stroking It

New green-power technology transforms motions like walking and touching into potent jolts of energy.

Urban Jungle Street View

Epic Google Street View Hack Turns Cities Into Apocalyptic Jungles

Experience it like an eerie video game.

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This Video Brilliantly Captures Our Fear of Walking In Sync With Strangers

A dramatization of an unspoken sidewalk struggle.


The Microwave As a Murder Weapon: A Brief History

From 1982 to True Detective.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Just Got an LED Makeover

Can one of the world's most famous historic churches hold up to modern-day lighting?

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Which Sunny Destinations Do Americans Lust for Most When It's Cold?

Depends on where they live.

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Where to Cry in New York City

Cities are a public weeper's dream.