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What Happens When a Major City Bans Cars for a Day?

This coming September, residents of Stockholm will spend 24 hours finding new ways to get around town.

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When it comes to education, the environment, and well—pretty much everything—it often feels like Sweden is ahead of the United States. So it should come as no surprise that Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, recently came up with a brilliant new experiment. On September 19, for 24 straight hours, cars in the capital will simply be banned. Residents will have to find alternate ways to get around, using only their legs, bikes, and—the horror!—public transportation.

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Swedish Airport Arcade Wants Your Coins for a Good Cause

Sweden’s “Charity Arcade” gives travelers the opportunity for some retro gaming with a do-good twist.

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Most travelers stuck in international airports have two things to kill: time, and money. Specifically, the foreign currency that visitors have yet to exchange to match either their country of origin or destination. With that in mind, Airports have devised any number of ways to separate guests from their various coins. Shops, kiosks, and food courts all exist to entice air travelers into spending money while laid over in various concourses and terminals around the globe.

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Stockholm's Central Station Harvests Body Heat

Those Scandinavians have done it again. Excess body heat in Stockholm's Central Station is being used to heat a building across the street.

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Cool Hunting recently featured a new bike option for you minimalists out there who prefer your ride simple and to-the-point. Here's a basic rundown:
This year Stockholm's Sson introduces a Scandinavian option to the mix with its first fixed-gear bike, the 028. With whiffs of legendary Scandinavian qualities, the design features lean welds, neat lugs and minimal decals. At present it's also only available in white, making a good blank canvas for easy customization.
The designers paid special attention to the finer details, like tweaking the angles of the frame, which should supposedly give a better balance to the ride. The "less-for-more" philosophy is definitely refreshing in an age when innovation often seems to correspond to greater and greater complexity. Of course, that isn't always the case, and you really don't need to fix what ain't broke.

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LOOK: The Plantagon Greenhouse

By year 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9 billion, 80 percent of which is projected to live in cities....

By year 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9 billion, 80 percent of which is projected to live in cities. Currently, most local supermarkets rely on stocking practices that, when applied to dense populations, add unnecessary costs to the average city household's food budget. Transported from locations often hundreds or thousands of miles away, fruits and vegetables incur transportation, storage, and handling costs that amount to 70 percent of the goods' final retail price.

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