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Tomomi Sayuda

The Saddest-Ever Fireworks Display for Your Office Cube

An amusing invention with a dark origin story. 

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Where Do the Smartest People Move?

A new report finds that higher intelligence is linked with rural-to-city migration, and with city-to-suburb movement.

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Atlantic City Is Becoming the Detroit of Casino Culture

The longtime East Coast gaming hub faces a wave of closings. What will happen to its infrastructure?

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Hong Kong Protesters Blame China for Rising Economic Inequality

The city-state stages its largest demonstration in a decade as living standards continue to plummet under 17 years of Chinese control.

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The Grotesque Glory of Blackpool's Stag and Hen Parties

Street photographer Dougie Wallace embedded himself in the lewd, bloody bashes of England's worst bachelor-party destination.

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Thomas Kelly

The World Cup Ghost Town Effect

Normally buzzing Buenos Aires ground to a halt Wednesday to watch Argentina compete in the World Cup.

Debra Bruno

Beijing's Famed Street-Food Scene Struggles to Survive

The city's barbecue alleys are up against government regulation—and changing tastes.

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A Win for the U.S. World Cup Team Is a Win for U.S. Bars and Restaurants

For several bars in Washington, D.C., sales have jumped 50 percent during World Cup games. The U.S. should win for pride. It should also win for the economy.

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Tax Rates Aren't What Small Business Owners Say They Really Care About

Instead, they care more about how easy it is to keep up with rules, regulations, and tax filings. 

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The Top 10 and Bottom 10 Places Gaining Employed People in the U.S.

With one caveat: While the number of employed people may decline in an area, that doesn't necessarily mean the unemployment rate is going up.

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The Big Texas Plan to Copy Japan's High-Speed Rail Success

Texas Central Railway intends to build a Houston-Dallas line with private money.

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Is This Office the Future of Government Work?

Seoul's "smart work centers" give overworked public-sector employees an alternative to long commutes.

AP/Jae C. Hong

Are Baby Boomers Really Keeping Millennials From Finding Jobs?

As more put off retirement, the number of older workers grew 9 percent since 2007.

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Sophie Quinton

How the University of Minnesota Turns Research Into Local Business Opportunities

Resources for entrepreneurs and industry partnerships have made it easier than ever for university inventions to hit the market.

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Almost Half of Europe's Water Is Threatened by Pollution

The dismal results of the broadest-ever analysis of European waterways.

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High-School Dropouts and College Grads Are Moving to Very Different Places

Cities like Washington and San Francisco are gaining the highly skilled but losing their less-educated workforce.

OpportunitySpace

A New Portal to Pair Eager Developers and Underused Properties

OpportunitySpace is a website where city governments can link up with private investors looking for development data.

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Twin Cities RISE!

The Job Training Program That Actually Works

Twin Cities RISE! is a long-term, expensive program. It also saves the government money.