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Why even driving through suburbia is soul crushing

I’ve written some in the past about how the predominant suburban design in the US is among the worst features of life here—viewed from the perspective of a European immigrant like me, at any rate.<p>Far from posing a mere logistical or aesthetic problem, it shapes–or perhaps more accurately, it …

Urbanism

A 'Star Wars'-themed jet is flying across the world — here's what it looks like inside

Covered in an R2-D2-like design and a "Star Wars" logo on the outside, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft also has some fun galactic details inside, such as customized headrests, cups, and lighting. While in the air, passengers can even stream all six of the currently released "Star Wars" films.<p>The …

Japan Photos

See photos of Japan (including Tokyo, Mount Fuji, geisha, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Japan

Naked Cities

The death and life of urban America.<p>Cities can’t win. When they do well, people resent them as citadels of inequality; when they do badly, they are cesspools of hopelessness. In the seventies and eighties, the seemingly permanent urban crisis became the verdict that American civilization had passed …

How the iPhone 6S Camera Compares to All Previous iPhones

One of the big improvements in the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are the new camera modules, which now shoot 12-megapixel photos. If you’d like to see …

This Guy Built a Scale Model of the Entire Solar System in the Desert

You can't draw it to scale. You have to build it.<p>The solar system is huge. Neptune, technically the last planet in our solar system, is 2.8 billion miles away. But really wrapping your head around numbers that large is tough. What's more, most representations of the solar system get the scale of …

Astronomy

What America can learn from Germany’s high-speed trains

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Grist</i><i>.</i><p>Riding the high-speed train between Berlin and Hamburg, Germany’s two largest cities, is a radically different experience from riding its American counterpart, Amtrak’s Acela, which connects major East Coast cities. Germany’s InterCity Express (ICE) ride is as smooth as …

21 tiny design features that show Apple's incredible attention to detail

Some of these features are incredibley useful and make its products more enjoyable, while others are purely cosmetic. Regardless of the value they add to the overall experience, it's fascinating to learn about the lengths Apple goes to when it comes to design and product development.<p>Here are 21 of …

Fall Movie Preview 2015: Biopics, Bond and 'The Force Awakens'

From Oscar contenders to new Tarantino and 'Star Wars' films, all you need to know on the season's big movies<p>26<p>By<p>Fall is the time of the year when …

Movies

‘Marlboro Boys’: Startling Portraits of Young Children Addicted to Cigarettes

As smoking regulations in North America get stricter, the number of smokers, especially among younger generations, are in decline. If Mad Men taught …

Public Health

This Is How Darth Vader's Famous Line Sounds In 20 Different Countries

Nothing will ever top the moment in <i>Star Wars</i> when Darth Vader reveals the fact that he is indeed Luke Skywalker's father. If you're familiar with the …

Darth Vader

London Underground Vs New York City Subway

<i>Continuing our series of comparisons between the London Underground and the subterranean mass transit systems of other cities worldwide (see previous</i> …

A Quick Guide to Japanese Etiquette

<b>Japanese etiquette can often seem daunting to a traveller. Our quick guide highlights a few key customs to bear in mind.</b><p>Manners are of great importance in Japan, and although some customs, such as not littering, are a given for most travelers, others might not be so obvious. Despite the array of …

America's Ongoing Love Affair With the Car

Despite modest improvements in dense city centers, the vast majority of us are still driving to work alone.<p>With all the consternation in some corners about the so-called “war on cars,” you’d think Americans were giving up their automobiles in droves in favor of mass transit, biking, walking, or …

Republican presidential debate: 8 takeaways

<b>(CNN) —</b> The top 10 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination only had a few minutes each on Thursday to capture the attention of voters tuning in to the first big-league Republican presidential debate.<p>Donald Trump may have grabbed the most headlines from the night, but the prime-time …

Government

'Fantastic Four' is getting slaughtered by critics

20th Century Fox will be releasing "Fantastic Four" on Friday with high-powered young Hollywood talent as the leads, including Miles Teller (as Reed Richards), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm, aka The Thing).<p>All of that can be forgotten if a movie …

Is the American Dream dying?

Cezar Iordan came to the U.S. from Romania when he was 20.<p>He didn't know anyone, and he didn't speak English. He had only $100 in his pocket. But he was determined to succeed.<p>Now 10 years later, Iordan runs a successful moving business called Moovers Chicago. He has a bachelor's degree, and owns a …

This 'tediously accurate' map of the Solar System puts the space into space

In the words of Douglas Adams, space is big. How big? "Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." Peanuts indeed, but peanuts worth considering — especially …

This Queens Hotel Offers More Than Just Manhattan Views

Long in the shadow of Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City's most populous borough is on the rise. Now, a new boutique hotel is banking on travelers coming to check out the on-the-verge Long Island City neighborhood.<p>Long Island City is the Queens neighborhood just across the river from midtown …

Microsoft's big Bing Maps update pulls a page from the Google Maps playbook

Bing Maps Preview from Bing on Vimeo.<p>While Google Maps remains the gold standard for online mapping, Microsoft is getting ready to push out a huge update to its Bing Maps service that looks like it'll compete well with Google's offering. The Bing Maps preview is available today, and it's a …

Honest New York City subway announcements

“Ladies and gentlemen, please move all the way in to the middle of the train. This will allow more space for your fellow passengers, who will enclose you in a dense, indifferent gauntlet of humanity which, only minutes from now, you will have to literally fight your way through in order to attain …

New York City

This Is What World War III Will Look Like | Time

In a picture that captures the violence and sheer destruction inherent in war perhaps more graphically than any other ever published in LIFE, Marines take cover on an Iwo Jima hillside amid the burned-out remains of banyan jungle, as a Japanese bunker is obliterated in March 1945.<p>In this and dozens …

Hitler's art of flowers and fairytale castles sells for £280,000 at auction

Watercolours and drawings produced between 1904 and 1922 and mostly signed ‘A Hitler’ bought in controversial German sale<p>Fourteen watercolours and drawings by Adolf Hitler have fetched a total of €391,000 (£280,000) at a controversial auction in Nuremberg.<p>A view of Bavaria’s famous fairytale castle …

Artworks

It's time to ban personal cars in New York City

On Thursday, New York City came one step closer to banning cars completely from the city's two major parks.<p>City Hall reporter Erin Durkin tweeted from a news conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio that Central Park north of 72nd Street and the West Drive of Prospect Park would be car-free starting …

Incredible Technology: NASA's Wild Airship Idea for Cloud Cities on Venus

Astronauts could start exploring Venus in the not-too-distant future — as long as they stay high up in the planet's acid-laced skies.<p>NASA researchers …