crime
Mobile Data Could be Used to Help Predict Where Crime’s About to Happen

A study that tried to correlate location data with crime hotspots has supposedly hit on a 68 per cent chance of working out where the next trouble is likely to kick off, using London crime stats and phone data from O2 in a test. Read More >>

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World’s First Climate-Controlled Neighbourhood to be Built in Dubai

Dubai has unveiled plans for the world's first indoor, climate-controlled neighbourhood—a 450-hectare city area with a retractable glass roof and the world's largest shopping centre. This sounds to me like the hell on earth but I better get used to it: Every major city will probably be like this by the end of the century. Read More >>

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This Must be the Coolest City Model Ever Made

Chris Burden says his amazing Metropolis II—a gigantic retrofuturistic city model where thousands of slot cars race forever—is not just a city model. Of course it's not. It's a goddamn-amazing-Jesus-Christ-look-at-that city model. Metropolis II is now almost finished and it looks glorious in this new short by Henry & Rel. Read More >>

safety
How to Survive a Skyscraper Fire

A man died trying to escape a fire in his high-rise apartment building in Manhattan earlier this month. What makes this all the more tragic is that he would have survived—if he had only stayed in his apartment. Skyscrapers are designed to contain fires, so that, even when you're hearing alarms and smelling smoke, the safest thing to do is to ignore every instinct to flee and stay put. Read More >>

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Explore the Ghostly Cityscapes of North Korea In this Creepy Timelapse

Want to visit North Korea? No? Well the Koryo Group—the world's leading DPRK travel specialist—aims to change your mind with this timelapse. Is it working? Read More >>

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wtf
London’s ‘Walkie Scorchie’ Tower Is Really Just a Massive Free Tanning Salon

Careful where you walk in London on a sunny day, you might end up inadvertently getting cooked. Apparently the weird-looking new Walkie Talkie skyscraper in the city acts as a giant mirror, focussing the Sun's intense rays on the street below, blinding people and actually melting cars. Read More >>

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What Life Would Look Like If Everything Was Reversed

Ryan Jay and Alexander Shahmiri created Life Backwards, a little short showing what life would look like if it was all in reverse. It's hypnotic and tickles that part of your brain that's been numbed by too much normalcy. Read More >>

photography
These Photos Were Amazingly Taken from Street Puddles

I'm either on drugs or these photos were somehow taken from the reflection of puddles in the street. It may be both. But! It's certainly the latter. Ira Fox, the photographer, created the photo series Reflections by cruising the streets of New York and snapping pics of people who can be seen in reflections off the puddles. Read More >>