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Saturday Headlines: Sentient cities.

End the madness: Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut sees paying college athletes as a civil rights issue.

Researchers fall in one of two camps about homework: those that support the "10-minute rule," and those that absolutely do not.

The visible-butt revolution has not ruined us yet. And still, in Christian circles, the leggings debate continues to rage.

New York City's Hudson Yards, reputedly the first North American smart city, has arrived.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without SimCity.” City planners look back on their formative gaming years.

Related: Watch an urban planner play SimCity while providing commentary.

At present, cities stay where they are. For now cities sleep. But there are rumblings. Things change. And what if, tomorrow cities wake, and go walking? SimCity 2000 included an essay by Neil Gaiman as an Easter egg.

Scientists study if road rage toward cyclists is caused, in part, "by the dehumanization of cyclists."

See also: How to not kill a cyclist.

Video: Our world would be much safer if everyone practiced the "Dutch reach," in which car drivers and passengers, upon leaving a vehicle, use the hand farther from the door to open it, twisting themselves around to check for approaching traffic.

Remembering Gino Bartali: one of the all-time great road cyclists, who used training rides during WWII to save Jewish lives.

Söre Popitz was the Bauhaus’s only known woman graphic designer

Your weekly white paper: "Cryptocurrency: Burn it with Fire."

Applicant explanation: “Funky trumpet in the funk music genre.” A sampling of rejected vanity plate applications from last year.

Slate introduces a spoiler-free "Scaredy Scale" so you can determine which new horror movies are too frightening for you.

Sometimes people ask where we find our stranger links. Here's one source: Laura Olin's weekly newsletter.

For the next time you need some meditative white noise: “Call Me Maybe,” by Carly Rae Jepsen, slowed down by around 1,000%.