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How a Simple Gas Leak Could Destroy Two Entire Buildings

A conversation with one of the fire chiefs who responded to the last major U.S. gas explosion.

AP

America's Most Unequal Metros

Overall, the most imbalanced U.S. metros tend to have worse housing affordability and slower job growth.

Reuters

8 Facts About the U.S. Sex Economy

Pimps in Atlanta take in more than $30k per week, but only 14 percent reported spending some of it on condoms, according to a massive new report from the Urban Institute.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Reuters

We Should All Be Eating More Insects, But We Probably Won't—Yet

Why the United Nations is super-focused on bugs as food right now.

NASA

Don't Get Used to the Idea of a Global Warming 'Slowdown'

A recent decline in the rate of increased worldwide temperatures is masking the brow-sweating temperatures of the future.

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NASA

The Dozen Regional Powerhouses Driving the U.S. Economy

The Boston-Washington corridor, home to 18 percent of Americans, produces more economic activity than Germany.

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NATS

A Spellbinding Look at 24 Hours of European Flight Paths

Europe's airplane activity in this visualization looks like a hive of angry, electrified bees.

Reuters

Rio's Smelly Carnival

Sanitation workers went on strike during the big event, leaving the streets covered in trash.

Reuters

How This Paparazzo-Turned-Mayor Plans to Fix His Australian Hometown

After his London tabloid went under, Darryn Lyons returned to Geelong to try to turn around its struggling economy.

Climate.gov

America Could Soon Face More Days of 'Extreme Rainfall'

The warming climate is predicted to bring punishing rainstorms.

Redlining for the 21st Century

Companies can now use data to constrict which options they offer to certain consumers—and at what prices.

Maps

The New York Metro's Economy Is Almost as Large as Australia's

How U.S. cities stack up economically worldwide.

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Don't Be Fooled: Detroit's Still a Car Town

The big three are key to the city's revival.

Reuters

Planes, Delivered By Trains

Watching Boeing 737s pass via rail is part of daily life in Renton, Washington.

RadioShack Is Doomed (So Is Retail)

Even after restructuring, there will still be 4,000 locations nationwide—approximately one for every person who still wants to buy their stuff.

Reuters

Here's a Reason Not to Hate the Polar Vortex

 It’s killing some of the nastiest invasive insects around.

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Where It's Hardest for the Poor to Make Their Rent

In many places, there aren't enough affordable housing options to go around.

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Olga Khazan

What Brings Americans to the ER?

Each region of the U.S. has the same four most common complaints, just in a different order.