Human EnvironmentPublic and private places and buildings, including cities, monuments, parks and reservations
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
The race for the tallest structure in the world has been with us since humans built structures, and today it is going strong. But where's the limit?
August 20, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Over 110 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed where a major NASA facility now sits
August 20, 2012 | By Brian Switek
This year is shaping up to be among the warmest on record—not only in the United States but worldwide. Here are a few of the hottest hotspots
August 16, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
The U.S. Census Bureau announced yesterday that our population has hit one of math's favorite landmarks
August 15, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
In 2025, chances are you'll live in one of these cities. Today, chances are you haven't heard of some of them
August 14, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
To sample the best foods and flavors of a region, head for a festival
August 10, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
For the residents of Centralia, Pennsylvania, the fire that has been burning beneath their town for fifty years is part of what makes it home.
August 10, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Science provides an answer on what details in an urban street scene clue people in on what city it is from.
August 09, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Singapore's "unbelievably low birthrates" have inspired "National Night," a campaign to encourage Singaporean couples to "let their patriotism explode" on August 9.
August 08, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Traveling and eating abroad, many diners discover that the world is a vegetarian's oyster
August 03, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Residential segregation has increased by income in 27 out of 30 of America's major metropolises, and in some cases translates to shorter lives for those in poorer areas.
August 03, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Voted female athlete of the 20th century, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four gold medals while pregnant with her third child
July 31, 2012 | By Gilbert King
A few highlights of death on New York City's subways over the years.
July 29, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
A continuation of last week's list of the author's favorite reads
July 27, 2012 | By Alastair Bland