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Uber and Lyft Have Absolutely Gutted L.A.’s Taxi Industry

The L.A. Times reports that in the three years since ridesharing services Uber and Lyft became available in the city, overall trips by conventional …

New Zealand Photographer Documents Children Growing Up Without TV

Can you imagine life without TV or your smartphone?<p>One mother of four, living in rural New Zealand, is raising her children without those modern …

New research shows there's a surprising benefit tied to urban green space

There are plenty of reasons to like green spaces in cities: they're pretty, they catch stormwater runoff, they improve health.<p>And now a new body of evidence is coming into focus on how urban nature affects crime. It appears that the way we take care of our trees, shrubs, and lawns makes a …

Urban Planning

The music you listen to may be affecting your mental health

We all know that music has an effect on our mood. It's why we put on Adele when we've been dumped, or Drake when we want to “dance”, or Lana Del Rey when our lovers have died under tragic circumstances. However, according to new research, music's mood-altering power may actually be a whole lot more …

Mental Health

Driving–even living near traffic–makes us dumb, sick and lonely

Driving offers some compensating advantages over mass transit, of course, including a greater sense of autonomy and control. But one of the seeming conveniences of driving—that getting from home to work doesn’t force you to walk any farther than from your kitchen to your garage at one end, and from …

8 Cities That Show You What the Future Will Look Like

Cities used to grow by accident. Sure, the location usually made sense—someplace defensible, on a hill or an island, or somewhere near an extractable …

The Benefits of Slower Traffic, Measured in Money and Lives

An unfortunate case study in political inaction.<p>In May 2014, three school kids in New Brunswick, New Jersey, were hit by a car on Livingston Avenue while in the crosswalk. They were each injured—one seriously—and rushed to the hospital. A cell phone video taken at the scene is pierced with …

11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans

City Hall. It’s traditionally the place where technology gets stuffed into a drawer and forgotten. But as budgets recover from the Great Recession …

This Smart Bike Light Sends An Emergency Text If You Crash—And Helps Cities Plan Better

Basically, the See.Sense Icon light can instantly turn any bicycle into a smart, fully connected ride.<p>It’s also designed to work much better as a …

UC Berkeley

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How to Make an Attractive City

What A City Would Look Like If It Were Designed For Only Bikes (No Cars Allowed!)

By Adele Peters3 minute Read<p>The more that bike lanes multiply in cities, from New York to São Paulo, the more people ride. Over the past decade, bike …

Bike Lanes

America's Most Haunted Bars

Here's one way to ensure a bar will be haunted: open it in a former morgue. That's the case with Captain Tony's Saloon in Key West, FL, also a former speakeasy, where you may find yourself sipping gin and tonic next to a grave -- or a ghost. "Ghosts tend to go to places they frequented when they …

Paranormal

Paris Journal: Raiders of the Lost Generation

Paris was once populated by a Lost Generation of expatriate Americans known for their talent, wit and sometimes genius. Woody Allen humorously addressed this era of the 20's in <i>Midnight in Paris</i>. Today that Lost Generation has multiplied and their great great great grandchildren--in other words, …

Remarkably Realistic Tattoo Portraits by Valentina Ryabova

Tattooing is an art that can be done in many different ways, and Valentina Ryabova from St. Petersburg, Russia has skillfully made her works look incredibly realistic. When you consider that the entire image is on skin, the depth that's achieved from subtle changes in hue and shading is …

Art

Dallas residents emerge from Ebola monitoring, greeted by confusion

Monday was supposed to mark the end of 21 days of anxious Ebola monitoring for Youngor Jallah's family of six, when they could emerge from their stuffy two-bedroom apartment and return to comfortable routines.<p>They had been exposed to Jallah's mother's fiance, Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, who came to the …

Turkey allows Iraqi Kurds to join fight in Kobani

WASHINGTON — Turkey announced Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurds to cross its border into Syria, which could smooth the way for reinforcements and supplies to reach the besieged city of Kobani as it fights Islamic State militants.<p>"We are helping peshmerga forces to enter into Kobani to give …

Ferguson turns into tinderbox once again after new details leaked

<b>Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) —</b> This is the new normal in Ferguson: Protests, day and night, for more than 70 days now.<p>Sometimes it's hundreds of demonstrators, sometimes just a handful. But they're always outside the Ferguson Police Department, clamoring for the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in …

Yik Yak: the anonymous app taking US college campuses by storm

The new hotshot on the college campus social media scene is Yik Yak. Much like Facebook, which was established back in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg as a Harvard student, Yik Yak has rolled up in a frat house hoodie with a lever-arch file tucked under its arm, leaning casually against a locker.<p>So what …

New Gold Rush: why banks are racing to be the first card in your Apple Pay

Beyond the home screen, beyond the lock screen, the battle for the pre-screen<p>Over the weekend I was hit with a deluge of advertising from banks and credit card companies encouraging me to get ready for the wonder that is Apple Pay. It seemed odd to me that big-name financial institutions would be …