As LEDs make it cheaper to illuminate buildings, cities are becoming experimental visual spaces—and not always for the better.
The competition is fierce, the key players are billionaires, but the path—and even the destination—remains uncertain.
Geologists have discovered evidence of an ancient 560-foot mega-tsunami.
People have sought moral explanations for natural disasters since antiquity.
Automation on the roads could be the great public-health achievement of the 21st century.
Manmade embankments are an ancient technology, modeled from nature.
Relocating to a landlocked city isn’t enough.
The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.
Surreal views of Boston, London, and Barcelona from an ultra-high-definition camera aboard the International Space Station.
A volatile chemical compound is being used as propellant in airbags made by Takata, the company behind the massive auto recall in the United States. Should it be?
Many major cities don't keep comprehensive data about assaults against passengers—and even FBI-led background checks have limitations.
Mega-quakes trigger massive temblors for years after they first hit.
New York's long-heralded swipe-free subway payment system may not arrive until 2022.
Software company Esri's database files Americans into 67 different consumer groups—with eerie accuracy.
The logarithmic magnitude scale is confusing to many, but it's here to stay.
Scientists say fracking is part of why Oklahoma now rivals California in quake activity.
Experts are split on whether artificial intelligence will boost—or decimate—the economy.
For a century and a half, The New York Times has been earnestly—and hilariously—defining the evolving language of cities.