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Coca-Cola Abandons India Expansion Plans Due to Lack of Water

The current factory has sucked up enough groundwater to drop overall levels by 26 feet, and expansion could increase water pollution. 

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Can We Do Full-Scale Farming Inside City Centers?

An urban farm in Montreal is scaling the industry "with more software than farmers."

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41 Percent of American Workers Let Paid Vacation Days Go to Waste

Maybe because senior managers say they view employees who take vacation days as “less dedicated.”

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

James Kingston

Dangling From Extremely Tall Structures as Urban Sport

Watch daredevil and frequent arrestee James Kingston hang by one hand from a giant Indian crane just because he can.

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Why Are Women-Owned Businesses Such Small Businesses?

Women own 30 percent of private businesses but generate just 11 percent of sales. Several factors contribute to this. 

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It's Time for a Four-Day Workweek

Evidence shows that a seven-day week with a two-day weekend is an inefficient model.

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How to Save America's Crumbling Bridges While Congress Gets Its Funding Act Together

Infrastructure sensors can detect safety hazards, improve traffic flows, and even help generate revenue.

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Should Cops Have to Live Where They Work?

The question of whether police officers should live in the communities they patrol has a long and contentious history.

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A New School Year, a New Racial Landscape

More than half of all public school students this fall will be Hispanic, Asian, African American, Native American, or multiracial.

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America's Wage Gap Just Keeps Getting Worse

Since the recession, low-income households have turned into low-income regions.

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The Forgotten History of Cricket in the USA

Before baseball's meteoric rise, cricket was the American game of choice.

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Las Vegas Finally Antes Up for a Real Public Transit Network

The city has commissioned a plan to expand mobility options on the Strip.

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The Rise of Robot Scheduling Is a Nightmare for Low-Wage Workers

With automated software, schedules and salaries fluctuate to the point where workers can barely plan ahead.

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How to Take a Real Vacation: Set Your Office Emails to Auto-Delete While You're Gone

One company is replacing "out-of-office" replies with auto-delete so workers don't fret about returning to a mountain of mail.

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How Trash-Covered Beaches End Up Costing Everyone Money

In California, washed-up coastal garbage is having a big economic impact for Orange County, says a new report.

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For Many Small Farmers, Being Certified 'Organic' Isn't Worth the Trouble

The USDA certification is arduous to maintain, and some community farmers are finding alternate ways to assure buyers that their produce is pristine.

Pre-Ground Coffee Can Contain Corn, Soybeans, Twigs, Dirt

That's the unappetizing news from researchers analyzing java's chemistry.

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The Robots Are Coming, but Are They Coming for Our Jobs?

Experts are split on whether artificial intelligence will boost—or decimate—the economy.