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Manhattan's "Phallus Palace," Oslo's move become car-free, snow season apps and more in our journey through the internet

Oslo Moves to Become a Car-Free City In an effort to make its downtown more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly, Oslo will remove the couple hundred remaining parking spots left in its city center. The development aims to turn the most heavily trafficked areas into to car free zones to limit congestion, reduce pollution and make the city more walkable. Other cities have launched similar initiatives with slight …

Friends Build a Scale Model of the Solar System in the Desert

Upon realizing that scale photos of the solar system are basically impossible to come across, a group of friends—led by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh—set out to create the ultimate planetary representation in the middle of the desert. Using a marble to represent the size of Earth, the team needed a whopping seven-mile-long area to encompass the entire orbit of Uranus—the solar system’s farthest planet. …