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Cities

9-year-old’s lemonade stand raises over $3,000 for Detroit parks

Due to Detroit's budget gap, the park in Joshua Smith's neighborhood was full of tall grass and trash. Instead of moping and watching TV, the 9-year-old took matters into his own hands.

Living

Singapore’s terrible new rap video demands you have procreative sex tonight

If you can’t make it beyond the first 30 seconds of wretched rap in this public service ad campaign, here’s the basic gist: It’s Aug. 9! Happy National Night! Now please, please save Singapore’s flagging …

Climate & Energy

These high-res photos of Deepwater Horizon will make you go ‘Holy $#*%!’

We've never seen pictures of the disaster that were anywhere near as staggering as these.

Food

Make delicious popsicles out of booze, goat cheese, and jalapenos

We all loved the Good Humor ice cream truck, but let’s be realistic: Good humor is for children, children with a naive understanding of the world and its woes. What we need, as adults, is …

Climate & Energy

San Diego is seeing record numbers of weird black jellyfish

This black jellyfish (which looks a no-more-comforting blood red in this lighting, but black in the open water) can grow to the size of a trash can lid, and its sting packs a serious wallop. …

Politics

Activist group sends Obama a message by carving it into a cornfield

Hot tip from an ex-resident of D.C. to all you activists out there: If you want to get the president’s attention, standing outside the White House with some signs and bullhorns is not going to …

Cities

In Brooklyn, even the factories are artisanal

Manufacturing is back in Brooklyn! But only in a Renaissance Florence sort of way, where skilled artisans produce craft-objects for wealthy patrons with finicky desires. The New York Times reports that there are, against all …

Business & Technology

The federal government wants to pay for your electric bicycle

Electric bikes and electric motorcycles are awesome. They help you go up hills. They help you reach your destination with a minimum of armpit sweat. And they do this while dumping less carbon into atmosphere …

Climate & Energy

Watch a teenager’s stunning video of the Manila floods

Farbod Kasiri took this video out the window of his 31st-floor apartment, to show his Canadian friend why classes are canceled in the Philippines. Featured: streets like rivers, submerged buses, and cars with only their …

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