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Watch L.A., Paris, and São Paulo Grow in These Pretty Visualisations

Paris is a bloodshot eyeball, São Paulo spreads out like a watercolour, and L.A. is a glorious mess. You can see how three very different metropolises expand and sprawl in these gorgeous animations produced as part of NYU's Stern Urbanisation Project, examining the growth of cities. Read More >>

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These Time-Warp Photos Show Six Cities in the Past and Present

Cities change: skyscrapers go up, houses are torn down, neighbourhoods gentrify, earthquakes destroy. Vintage photographs of cities can be fascinating in their own right, but the familiar unfamiliarity of these time-warped photographs are especially intriguing. Read More >>

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Paris's Smog Has Got So Bad That it's Making Public Transportation Free

Ah Paris—city of light, city of love, city of smog? Unusually warm spring weather has trapped diesel car emissions, blanketing much of France in noxious and dangerous air pollution. It's gotten so bad that officials in Paris are taking the radical next step of making public transportation, bike shares, and electric car shares free to use all weekend. Read More >>

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A Plan to Turn Abandoned Underground Stations into Pools, Bars, and More

Abandoned underground stations have long been the playgrounds of squatters and urban explorers alike, but one French politician has higher hopes. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a candidate for mayor of Paris, wants to turn them into entertainment and sports venues. Read More >>

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What a City Would Look Like Without Any People in It

Paris is the city of love. It's a city of style. A city of taste. It's a city where life ballets itself around you. Now imagine that dreamy Paris without any people. Without any life. Without any love. Scary! Claire and Maxime of Menilmonde filmed Paris and deleted people, cars and life from the footage and came with this deeply unsettling short. Read More >>

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China's Replica of Paris Is Now an Eerily Depressing Ghost Town

There's no denying China's place among the topmost world powers — that being said, there's also a steadily growing property bubble that's just about ready to burst. There's no greater testament to this over-supply and over-valuation than the intricately detailed, horrifically sad ghost towns modelled after Europe's greatest metropolises. Case in point? The Paris clone captured by Vimeo user Caspar Stracke, Tianducheng. Read More >>

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Every Public Sculpture Should be a Full-Size Chrome T-Rex

Every public, abstract sculpture in the world suddenly seems super lame. Why? Because right now there's a full-scale, blinged-out Tyrannosaurus Rex standing over the Seine in Paris. Nothing will ever be the same again. Read More >>

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A Horizontal Rainbow Makes For Easier Trips to Oz

We've all seen our share of quadruple rainbows and rainbows from space, but it's not to often you catch on lying down one the job. A particularly lazy refraction showed up in Paris the other day, but it's not quite as it seems. Read More >>

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Last Night Armed Robbers Stole Around £1 Million Worth Of Gear From a Paris Apple Store

If you think you're having a rough day after your New Year's festivities, an Apple Store in Paris' opera district is still trying to determine just how much hardware was stolen after four or five armed thieves robbed the store three hours after it had closed. Read More >>

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This Is the Coolest Bridge I Can Possibly Imagine

This bridge truly rocks. A goddamn trampoline bridge! It might result in some broken necks and legs but screw it, that's the price you pay for having a way to cross the river Seine leaping like Spider-Man. Read More >>

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Hollywood Movie Marketing Makes For a Great Use of This Abandoned Paris Metro Station

Station Saint-Martin along Paris's Metro Line 8 & 9 was closed in 1939, at the start of WWII, and although reopened once the war had ended, the station was ultimately shut for good due its close proximity (100m) to another Metro station. Read More >>

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Star Wars Land Coming to Disneyland Paris for 2015?

There's a rather insane rumour doing the rounds of the sci-fi blogs and the, er, theme park blogs at the moment, claiming the Disney giant is putting together a Star Wars themed attraction which will be ready for European Disney fans to enjoy from 2015. Read More >>

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3D GIFs... From the 1930s

French photographer "Alexis" stumbled upon one hell of an antique find: stereoscopic glass plates from 80 years ago. Of course now, we live in the age of the GIF—and we can make old Paris a little alive again. Read More >>

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Thieves Snatch Briefcase Full of Secret Drone Documents in France

Sometimes life imitates art, and sometimes life imitates a series of stupid spy movie cliches: a briefcase detailing a joint French/UK military drone was stolen in Paris. A briefcase! A briefcase full of secret documents. Christ, man. Read More >>

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French Built "Replica Paris" to Foil German Bombers in WWI

French newspaper Le Figaro has unearthed an incredible development from during the first world war, revealing that French authorities built a life-size replica of Paris to the north of the city to trick German attackers. Read More >>

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Paris Rolls Out a Fleet of Rentable Electric Runabouts

While Paris isn't nearly as god-awful as Mexico City in terms of traffic, it's by no means a commuter's Shangri-La. So, Parisian officials are testing a new fleet of electric four-seaters to ease its congestion woes. Read More >>

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