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The Connection Between Vibrant Neighborhoods and Economic Growth

A new study of high-growth firms in Greater Washington, D.C., highlights the role of community in a thriving economy.

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The Unlikely Home of the World's Next Tallest Skyscraper

The Bride of the Gulf will spring from the site of the Iraq War’s first major battle.

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A Locked-Down Brussels Debates Whether to Stay Alert or Carry On

The city is fighting both terrorists at home and a fading image abroad.

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How to Get More Dads to Take Paternity Leave

Pay them.

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The Accounting Rules That Bankrupt Cities

The cash-basis accounting system allows governments to make financial commitments that they won’t be able to fulfill in the future.

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How Washing Machines Could Use a Lot Less Water

Three MIT grad students have invented a washing-machine filter that cleans wastewater and reuses it over and over again.

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Should Computers Decide Who Gets Hired?

When it comes to reviewing job applications, humans are relatively bad at selecting the best humans.


Global Gender Wage Equality Could Be 100 Years Away

A new report from the World Economic Forum explains why.

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Where U.S. Metro Economies Are Growing or Shrinking

America's national GDP grew 2.3 percent in 2014, but not every city fared equally well.


Beijing Replaced This Huge Bridge in Only 43 Hours

Using traditional construction methods would have taken months, so China got crafty.

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More Mexican Immigrants Have Been Leaving the U.S. Than Entering It

The post-recession trend reverses decades of steady arrivals, according to a new Pew report.

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Climate-Change Warnings for Gas Pumps Are Coming to Canada

North America’s reportedly first-ever climate labels for gas stations will soon arrive in North Vancouver.

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Pigeons Are So Smart They Can Diagnose Cancer

Researchers have trained the birds to distinguish benign from malignant medical scans.

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How Old-Fashioned Jobs Flourish in the On-Demand Economy

The milkman hasn’t totally disappeared, after all.

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Why Does Progress on Women's Wages Seem to Be Stalling?

So far, 2015 has seen a widening of the gender pay gap—the first interruption of a decades-long trend.

REUTERS/Yves Herman

How a Brussels Neighborhood Became a Breeding Ground for Terror

Investigators have identified Molenbeek as a launchpad for the Paris attacks and several others.

Reuters/Kiyoshi Ota

Nearly Half of Japan's Working Women Face Discrimination While Pregnant

Temp workers are impacted the most, according to a recent survey.

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'These People Won’t Stop Me Having My Normal Routine'

In the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, locals are bound by a strong sense of community—and defiance.

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What Became of America's Water-Cure Towns?

The 19th-century craze for “taking the waters” produced hundreds of spa towns across America. Many fell on hard times. Now some are looking to revive.