cities
Quizzes
Name the Closest Capitals to Athens, Greece
Design
Street Signs Reimagined for the Digital Age
The traffic light hasn't gotten a design update in nearly a century.... READ ON
Fun
A Big Stretch of Manhattan Is Going Car-Free for Earth Day
New York City is following numerous European metropolises in instituting an annual day without private vehicles.... READ ON
Architecture
China Plans to Build New City to Deal With Overpopulation
"Xiongan New Area" is part of a plan to help people move out of crowded, smoggy Beijing.... READ ON
Technology
China Is Using Technology to Thwart Toilet Paper Thieves
New toilet paper dispensers with facial recognition software may prevent thieves from swiping sheets of toilet paper from bathrooms at tourist sites.... READ ON
Art
The Hague Turns Its Buildings Into a Mondrian Painting
It's the 100th anniversary of the Dutch art movement De Stijl.... READ ON
Art
Overnight, Bulgaria's Capital Gets the City's First Monuments to Women
One artist secretly installed seven busts of herself.... READ ON
Art
Australian Artist Creates Miniature Models of Gritty Urban Buildings
Joshua Smith finds beauty in urban decay.... READ ON
Travel
Tokyo Is Now Home to a Pop-Up Nap Cafe
Why sleep at home when you can sleep in public?... READ ON
Books
"Americanah" Named First Pick for New York City’s Book Club
The goal is to get everyone in New York to read the same book at the same time.... READ ON
List
11 Fun Facts About Mill Ends Park, Portland’s Leprechaun Colony
“Ireland” may be the most popular first answer given when someone is asked about where leprechauns live, but Portland, Oregon has its very own population of little green-clad Irishmen, too.... READ ON
Science
Living in a City Can Change How You View the Future
People living in denser environments have a more future-oriented mindset, one study finds.... READ ON
Science
How Archaeologists and Locals Are Protecting Ancient Ruins in Peru
Shantytowns threaten to swallow Pachacámac, an important pre-Columbian archaeological complex.... READ ON
Design
This Bike Map Shows You Where It's Safe to Ride
Mapzen's bike map grades a city's bike lane safety in tiers from safest to least safe.... READ ON
History
Compare New York City’s Past and Present in a New App
Take a virtual walking tour of New York City's Gilded Age architecture.... READ ON
Live Smarter
Raising Kids in the City Costs $9000 More Than in the Suburbs
But it depends on which suburb you're moving to.... READ ON

The Arctic gets its name from the Greek word for "bear" (arctos) because of its proximity to the constellation "Ursa Major" ("great bear" in Latin).

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