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The shortest paths to happiness. Literally

Written by Thu-Huong Ha • Posted Feb 24, 2015
Figuring out how to walk from A to B is easy in the age of online mapping tools. Just plug in two addresses and off you go. But sometimes getting to a place as quickly as possible isn't the priority. Take a look at a project in which researchers tried to figure out a city's "happy" routes.

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