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Saudi Arabia's Robot Love Is Getting Weird Saudi Arabia's Robot Love Is Getting Weird

In the latest example of “Philip K Dick-inspired nightmare becomes real life,” Saudi Arabia just became the first nation to grant citizenship to a robot. The robot’s name is Sophia. It is artificially intelligent, friends with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, and, arguably, a glimpse into the dark future that will kill us…

The Cursed History of NYC MetroCards The Cursed History of NYC MetroCards

If you’ve ridden the New York City subway, you know the feeling. You buy a flimsy plastic card that lets you ride the train, and when you try to swipe it at the turnstile, it doesn’t work. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again. You swipe again. The machine asks you to swipe again at the same turnstile.…

A Colossal ‘Fatberg’ Clogging London's Sewer Is Ten Times Bigger Than the Last One A Colossal ‘Fatberg’ Clogging London's Sewer Is Ten Times Bigger Than the Last One

A so-called “fatberg”—a tightly congealed mass of fat, wet wipes, diapers, and condoms—is blocking a section of London’s Victorian-era sewage network. It could take weeks for utility crews to remove the horrific mass, which, if not removed, could cause raw sewage to spill onto London’s streets.

The Competition to Host Amazon's Second Headquarters Is On The Competition to Host Amazon's Second Headquarters Is On

Jeff Bezos and friends are on a bit of a spending spree. Amazon just announced that it’s looking to drop a cool $5 billion on a “second headquarters” that will employ as many as 50,000 workers. In characteristically splashy fashion, the company also announced that cities across North America will get to bid on the…

The Never-Ending Descent Into This Infinite Fractal City Will Melt Your Brain The Never-Ending Descent Into This Infinite Fractal City Will Melt Your Brain

In Julius Horsthuis’ short film Recurrence, he takes the audience on a slow descent into a sprawling metropolis he’s created. But as you get closer and closer to the city, and try to make out details like houses and skyscrapers, you start to realize that those tiny details only reveal more of the same, and that your…

Dubai's Unfortunately Named Torch Tower Won't Stop Catching on Fire Dubai's Unfortunately Named Torch Tower Won't Stop Catching on Fire

Some Dubai residents woke up to a familiar sight early Friday morning: flames engulfing an enormous skyscraper. In fact, the fire that spanned 50 of the 86 stories of the massive Torch Tower was all too familiar. The same skyscraper burned in 2015, and the causes appear to be related.

This 10-Hour Video of Planet Earth Cityscapes Is Strangely Hypnotic This 10-Hour Video of Planet Earth Cityscapes Is Strangely Hypnotic

In what is now the sixth installment of a stunning and weirdly addictive series, the BBC has released 10 full hours of video shot during the filming of the Planet Earth II “Cities” episode.

I Want This 1923 Prediction For the American City of the Future To Be Real I Want This 1923 Prediction For the American City of the Future To Be Real

When the world is descending into chaos, it can be hard to believe that optimistic visions of the future are within our reach. But personally, I think I’ve hit that point where escapist fantasy worlds of tomorrow are the only thing that can ease the stresses of our modern world. This 1923 illustration, for instance,…

Hong Kong Looks Beautifully Uncanny When Seen From the Sky Hong Kong Looks Beautifully Uncanny When Seen From the Sky

Few cities represent the remarkable 20th century trend of skyscraper-filled, obscenely dense cities better than Hong Kong. At its height, The Kowloon Walled City, which was demolished in 1993, was perhaps the most dystopian portrait of urban living. And according to photographer Andy Yeung, 21st-century Hong Kong…

Elon Musk's Latest Tunnel Test Feels Like Going Into Hyperspace Elon Musk's Latest Tunnel Test Feels Like Going Into Hyperspace

The more I learn about Elon Musk’s Boring Project—a batshit idea to build a tunnel that sends cars at breakneck speeds under Los Angeles—the more I want to take a ride. The twisted genius just posted video of a test sled zooming through a test tunnel. Holy shit, it’s like going into hyperspeed, and I want to ride! And…

Elon Musk Wants to Turn the LA Underground Into a Giant Slot Car Race Elon Musk Wants to Turn the LA Underground Into a Giant Slot Car Race

Who’s the craziest ultra-rich, would-be supervillain in the whole wide world? It’s Elon. Elon Musk.

Why You Should Always Walk on Escalators Why You Should Always Walk on Escalators

On Tuesday, The New York Times decided to reignite the age old debate of walking versus standing on escalators. And do you know what the paper concluded? “You shouldn’t walk on escalators.” This is a patently incorrect and essentially un-American conclusion for at least four reasons.

Interactive Map Shows How Healthy (or Unhealthy) Your Neighborhood Is  Interactive Map Shows How Healthy (or Unhealthy) Your Neighborhood Is 

In my particular Oakland neighborhood, not that many people smoke or binge drink (about 13%) and a lot of us exercise (about 80%). Not bad. We’re even doing a tad better than the city of Oakland overall, where 14% of people binge drink, nearly 16% smoke and closer to 75% of people regularly engage in physical…

Rio's Olympic Venues Look Like Hell Just Six Months After the Games Rio's Olympic Venues Look Like Hell Just Six Months After the Games

The Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics were never going to go well. Thanks to decades of inequality and urban decay, the city always seemed ill-prepared to host athletes and fans from around the world. So it should come as no surprise that just six months after the games, the very expensive and sparkly venues built for…

Why Cities Are Where They Are in the World Why Cities Are Where They Are in the World

Have you ever wondered why the world’s largest cities sprout up where they sprout up? It has a lot to do with water, natural resources, history, and being in the northern hemisphere.

Megacities Will Gobble Up the Best Farmland, Leaving Humans Hungry Megacities Will Gobble Up the Best Farmland, Leaving Humans Hungry

Cities will grow alongside growing populations, turning the land in their wake into housing and infrastructure. And when that happens, we can goodbye to the food, a new study warns.

Teleport All Over Tokyo on This Super Fun Bike Ride Teleport All Over Tokyo on This Super Fun Bike Ride

There’s no crazier playground in the world than Tokyo, and there’s no better form of transportation than teleportation. So watching BMX rider Nigel Sylvester zap himself around all the wild, weird, and fun of Tokyo through clever video editing is a helluva trip.

Why We Should Build Our Cities Upward, Not Outward Why We Should Build Our Cities Upward, Not Outward

Why should we build taller cities? Because cities with taller buildings are cool as hell.

Ridiculously Large Sinkhole Gobbles Up Five-Lane Road in Southern Japanese City Ridiculously Large Sinkhole Gobbles Up Five-Lane Road in Southern Japanese City

Residents of the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka had a rather rude awakening this morning when a gigantic sinkhole formed near the JK Hakata train station. Local officials are now desperately working to prevent the collapse of nearby buildings.

Why Are American Cities So Much Different Than European Cities? Why Are American Cities So Much Different Than European Cities?

European cities like Paris are much, much older than American cities like New York, and that age difference has led to many interesting differences in the layout of each city. For example, the wealthy population of America often live in suburbs away from the city while in Europe, the rich live inside the city. Why is…

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