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nov 24, 2017

The Soviet Military Secretly Mapped the Entire World

These intricate, curious maps were supposed to be destroyed. The ones that remain reveal a fascinating portrait of how the U.S.S.R. monitored the world.

Mimi Kirk

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The Toxic 'Blank Spots' of Niagara Falls

The region’s “chemical genies” of the early 20th century were heralded as reaching into the future to create a more abundant life for all. Instead, they deprived future generations of their health and well-being.

Ariel Aberg-Riger

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The Story Behind the Housing Meme That Swept the Internet

How a popular meme about neoliberal capitalism and fast-casual architecture owned itself.

Kriston Capps

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America’s Digitalization Divide

A new study maps digital-skilled jobs across industries, metro areas, and demographic groups, revealing deep divides.

Richard Florida

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Mapping Where Europe's Population Is Moving, Aging, and Finding Work

Younger people are fleeing rural areas, migrating northward, and having fewer children. Here’s how that’s changing the region.

Feargus O'Sullivan

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America Rediscovers Its Love of the Front Porch

In the 20th century, porches couldn’t compete with TV and air conditioning. Now this classic feature of American homes is staging a comeback as something more stylish and image-conscious than ever before.

Lynn Freehill-Maye

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