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Biking

Mesmerizing data visualization shows a day in the life of a city’s bike usage

This video is probably what Ralph Steadman sees when he takes half a tab of acid and looks at a map of Budapest, but it’s also a data visualization of the city’s bike usage during …

Politics

Yet another ridiculous billboard campaign featuring psychos

Apparently the political discourse in this country is irrational enough that one anti-green billboard campaign featuring megalomaniacs will not satisfy our craving for crazy. No, there have to be two billboard campaigns in one month …

Critical List: Gas prices drop; Mount Fuji’s on top of an active fault

Gas prices are falling. Americans are willing to deal with a 13 percent hike in electricity bills if it means more of their power will come from clean energy. Twenty-six states are fighting for schools …

Animals

Please enjoy this disco lobster

The lobster is having its day in high fashion — Anna Wintour wore one to the Met Ball — and apparently the little sea bugs are letting it go to their heads (if that is …

Food

Monsanto WISHES it could make corn this cool

“Glass Gem” corn looks almost CGI, but it actually comes out of the ground that way. It’s the product of a small farm and a retro, handcrafted approach to agriculture — “genetic modification” from back …

Living

Psych! World won’t end this year after all

We're definitely hurtling towards doom, but take heart: At least the world isn't going to end for a stupid reason like "Mayan prophecy."

Animals

How to save wolves: Take photos where they look like crazy mutants

Those clever ecologists at the U.S. Geological Survey have found a way to obtain information about wolves that doesn’t involve trapping them, collaring them, or shooting them with weird injections — and bonus, it makes …

Going solar doesn’t mean you’re some weird pickler guy, say new ads

SunRun, a solar leasing company, has a handful of funny ads out.

Critical List: Antarctic ice sheets’ soft underbellies; monkey sets traps

The undersides of Antarctic ice sheets, thought to be fairly safe for now, are melting. Robert Abbey, the head of the Bureau of Land Management, is planning to retire at the end of the month. …