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  • The Symmetry and Chaos of the World’s Megacities

    Architectural photographer Ryan Koopmans spent the past decade shooting hi-res photographs of the world’s biggest cities. The results are mind-blowing.

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  • An Illustrated Guide to Mean Things People Say About National Parks

    Artist Amber Share trawls disgruntled reviews on such platforms as Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google, and Facebook to mine for complaints about National Parks in USA.

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  • The village that undergoes a mass exodus every autumn – Arslanbob

    “Every year during the autumn months, a village in Kyrgyzstan undergoes a mass exodus. Around 3,000 families move into the forest for over two months to undertake the world’s most unique harvest.”

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  • Life on China’s low-speed trains

    An interesting photo gallery of what life is like on China’s slow trains.

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  • A Map of How the Word “Tea” Spread Across the World

    A look at the spread of the word for “tea” around the globe.

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  • Carting Lane Sewer Lamp

    “By the end of the 19th century, London was trying to shed its reputation as a stinky cesspool.”

    “Patented by British engineer Joseph Edmund Webb in the 1890s, the so-called “sewer gas destructor lamps” were designed to extract gases from the pipes and burn them off at high heat.”

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  • The Atlantic: To Survive in a Wetter World, Raise Ducks, Not Chickens

    “Farmers in Bangladesh are adapting to climate change, and it’s having an impact in faraway places—including on restaurant menus.”

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  • The birth and death of a bike company: What happened to SpeedX?

    “The tale of the Chinese start-up SpeedX is one of rapid growth, dizzying expansion and total collapse. In the space of two wild years, the company blossomed from the seed of an idea to hogging headlines around the cycling and tech world. It was poised to disrupt the big brands with its competitively priced and highly integrated ‘smart’ road bikes. And then, seemingly overnight, on the eve of shipping its ambitious second model, SpeedX disappeared without a trace – leaving in its wake a trail of unfulfilled Kickstarter pledges, unpaid suppliers, and unreturned deposits.”

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  • The Atlantic: Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think

    “The data are shockingly clear that for most people, in most fields, professional decline starts earlier than almost anyone thinks.”

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  • NPR Planet Money: The Problem With Banning Plastic Bags

    “For decades, plastic bags have been staples at grocery stores. They also clog drains, cause floods, litter landscapes and kill wildlife. Consequently, a growing number of cities and counties have passed laws that ban or tax plastic bags in the past ten years. But as our colleague Greg Rosalsky explored in a recent Planet Money newsletter, banning plastic bags may be worse for the environment.”

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