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How Cities Will Avoid Death by Self-Driving Car

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Major cities have signaled a commitment to curbing private autonomous vehicles, and their transportation systems are already reaping the benefits.

Dead Plants are Powering Stockholm

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The biochar process is ingenious, turning green waste into heat before returning it to the soil as an agricultural nutrient. No wonder it’s turning a profit.

My Alternate Route to Harvard

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Raised on the plains of North Carolina by parents who grew up in the segregated South, I wasn’t put on the “Harvard track” early. I got there anyway—thanks to one of the best-kept secrets in higher education.

Nonstop Art in Lagos

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This bustling Nigerian city is bursting at the seams with art fairs, biennials and galleries. Now, some of the artists who left to find work elsewhere are returning home.

This Lake Belongs to Everyone

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A city on Lake Erie convinced its waterfront property owners to give the public their waterfronts for free. It’s a case that could transform the Great Lakes forever.

Our Bicycle Future

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At the Bicycle Architecture Biennale, spacious parking garages and elegant water crossings point the way to a two-wheeled utopia.

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How to Build a Creative Ecology

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It may be more art than science, but there appear to be a few basic conditions that can help give rise to places where artists can make a living.

Treating Loneliness as a Medical Condition

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When a small-town clinic in England started prescribing human connection to its lonely patients, rates of chats over coffee increased—and hospital visits fell.

Doing the Right Thing is Good Business

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These days, fossil fuels look like a shakier investment than ever. As more investors decide the smart money is on clean energy, a tipping point appears near.

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The Necessity of Nuclear

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After reading David Byrne’s article suggesting that nuclear power is too risky to be a part of our green energy evolution, I had a few thoughts to share.

This Lake Belongs to Everyone

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A city on Lake Erie convinced its waterfront property owners to give the public their waterfronts for free. It’s a case that could transform the Great Lakes forever.

I’m Not That Guy Anymore

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I hated school—until I got slapped with a 15-year prison sentence and discovered calculus, Mandarin and the college degree I never knew I wanted.