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California's desert wildflower explosion draws record crowds

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — An explosion of wildflowers in California's desert sands is drawing record crowds to see the rare abundance of color called a "super bloom."<p>The natural wonder is thanks to a wet winter followed by warm temperatures in the Anza-Borrego State Park, northeast of San …


10 new streetcar lines taking shape across the U.S.

The urban rail car renaissance continues<p>It may be hard to believe when surveying the country’s car-centered cities, but streetcars used to be a mainstay of American urban design, ferrying pedestrians across town in hundreds of cities across the nation. While many fell into decline and dis-use by …

Dakar Rally 2017 Begins: Pictures

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Japan Has a Cute Problem

How the pink apron keeps women down.<p><b>By Sophie Knight</b><p><b>When Japanese scientist</b> Haruko Obokata published a groundbreaking research paper on stem cells …

College Application Essays Don’t Matter as Much as You Think

<b>Correction appended, November 14.</b><p>Parents: sit down before you read this. Kids: deep breaths. You know that beautifully crafted, deeply felt, highly …