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A Gorgeous Map of San Francisco's Independent Coffee Shops

How "walkable coffee shops" might foster a better sense of community.

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Facebook Might Be Making Women Feel Bad About Their Bodies

Spending more time on the social-networking site is associated with having a worse body image, researchers say.

Mayor Rob Ford: The Video Game

It's like Mario if the power-ups were crack pipes and the Goombas were cops and reporters.

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Why 'the Next Silicon Valley' Is Always Silicon Valley

How stars and spillovers make great cities and great companies.

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It's Officially Tornado Season: These Animations Show the Parts of the U.S. Most Likely to Get Hit

Six decades of twister tracks shows that some places get hit again and again.

Visualizing the Spread of Chile's Tsunami

An oceanic model shows how far and wide last night's earthquake-triggered tsunami has traveled.

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How Singapore Got Hooked on the Internet of Public Shame

One of the city-state's biggest websites allows users to upload photos and videos of 'bad' behavior.

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The Microscopic Beauty of Air Pollution

Viewed under an electron microscope, smog can look like snowflakes.

How the U.S. Corn Belt Is Helping Us Understand Climate Change

The large swath of corn running through the United States "boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth," says NASA.

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Every U.S. County's Favorite Baseball Team (According to Facebook)

Hating the Yankees is almost as universal as 'liking' them.

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Find Secret Public-Sleeping Dens With 'Google Naps'

Finally, a crowdsourcing effort aimed at reducing productivity.

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To Prevent Crime, Walk the Dog on At-Risk Blocks

The LAPD plans to release maps showing where future crime is most likely to happen, in hopes that residents will help stop it.

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Apple's New Texting Idea Means You'll Never Have to Look Up from Your Phone Again

Goodbye eye contact.

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Rio's Relentless Beach Pollution

Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

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

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

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Venice's Case for Independence

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

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

Building a boat, Minecraft-style.  

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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.

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The 'Antisocial Network' App for Misanthropes and Loners

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