Cities and Urban Areas
The true story behind the myth of Mrs. O'Leary and her cow and how the scapegoating ruined one woman's good name and spawned a folk song that would last for decades
October 04, 2012 | By Karen Abbott
L.A. is transforming foreclosed homes into much-needed urban green spaces
October 03, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Mao Zedong encouraged critics of his government—and then betrayed them just when their advice might have prevented a calamity
September 26, 2012 | By Gilbert King
A large passenger jet may consume five gallons of fuel per mile traveled. Is it possible, then, that planes are more efficient than cars?
September 26, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
There are many great spots around the globe to observe the celestial phenomena, from Machu Picchu to the Yorkshire moors
September 21, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Augustus Heinze dominated the copper fields of Montana, but his family's scheming on Wall Street set off the Panic of 1907.
September 20, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Get out and view a wild polar bear and visit Tuvalu and other low-lying islands while you have a chance
September 20, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
For 80 years, the 11 ironworkers in the iconic photo have remained unknown, and now, thanks to new research, two of them have been identified
September 20, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Although it was on the air for only one season, The Jetsons remains our most popular point of reference when discussing the future.
September 19, 2012 | By Matt Novak
A group of annoyed citizens in Yekaterinburg, Russia, reached their wits' end with the many potholes dotting city roads, so decided to take action
September 14, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
The U.S. is becoming increasingly diverse outside of its traditional "melting pot" urban centers, according to a new study from Brown University
September 11, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
What happens when public safety clashes with modern architecture?
September 10, 2012 | By Matt Novak
What is it about New York that compels us to see it obliterated in fiction over and over again?
September 06, 2012 | By Matt Novak
A new ant species joins a menagerie of other creatures cut off from their kind in isolated patches of urban green in NYC
September 05, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
One street in London is hoping to dissuade potential looters by putting a gigantic baby face between them and their loot
August 30, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
The coastal Highway 101 route, through rainforest and redwoods, is as beautiful as it is popular
August 29, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Subway map design might have a lot bigger impact on the way you travel than you might think
August 29, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
In parts of Portland, Oregon, one must hardly walk three blocks before running into another bar that pours its very own beer. Locally brewed? The concept takes on a whole new scale of meaning in Portland
August 24, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
"Count" Victor Lustig once sold the Eiffel Tower to an unsuspecting scrap-metal dealer. Then he started thinking really big
August 22, 2012 | By Gilbert King
With dedicated bike lanes and businesses catering to cyclists, the Oregon city is a true pedaler's paradise
August 22, 2012 | By Alastair Bland