Laura Bliss

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Shanghai to San Francisco in Under Two Hours? Don't Hold Your Breath

Chinese scientists say super-fast submarine technology could achieve torpedo speeds for passengers. File this one under fascinating but unlikely. 

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It's Just Not That Easy to Get Rid of Your Car

Research proves we're prone to emotional attachments with our vehicles. So here's some advice from someone who finally let go of hers. 

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Drought Is Causing the Western U.S. to Rise Like an Uncoiling Spring

The massive loss of groundwater has caused a tectonic uplift of more than half an inch in some areas.

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'Going to Switzerland' for Assisted Suicide Is Getting So Popular It's Become a Euphemism

"Suicide tourism" in Switzerland doubled between 2009 and 2012—a rise that may affect legislation in other countries.

Bernhard Jenny

Making Better Digital Maps in an Era of Standardization

Using pre-digital techniques as inspiration, three cartographers lead the charge against cookie-cutter digital maps.

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What Underwater Canyons Can Teach Us About the Future of Urbanism

New measures to protect deep-sea ecosystems show a new "blue" approach to urban planning.

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No, Fukushima Is Not a Wildlife Haven—and Neither Is Chernobyl

A slew of new research reveals the deleterious effects of radiation on Fukushima's ecology.

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It's Easier for Car Insurance Companies to Track Us Than They Let On

Even telematics "trackers" that don't have GPS can be used to determine a driver's location. 

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Atomic Tests Were a Tourist Draw in 1950s Las Vegas

Nevada's nuclear-bomb testing spawned a spectator culture tinged with both profound fear and Sin City delight.

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These Magnetic 'Hairs' Could Make For Smarter Windows

Tiny structures sway with a magnetic field to redirect fluid and sunlight. 

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Will Florida Get Pushed Out of the New Space Age?

To keep up with SpaceX and others, the historic Space Coast must adapt to commercial needs. 

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'Ubiquitous As Pigeons': Imagining Life in the City of Drones

An online installation asks us to accept an all-but-certain future of drones in cities, and to rethink our relationship to them.

Animi Causa

A Scratch-Off Globe to Track Your Travels

Enabled by lotto-ticket technology.

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Could This Lovely Synthetic Leaf Solve our Carbon Woes?

The notion is awesome, but the science behind it might not be.

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Apartment Residents Feel Unsafe in Their Neighborhoods, But Cozy Indoors

Those living in stand-alone homes feel just the opposite.

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Citizen Journalists Are Live-Mapping the Crisis in Ukraine

An interactive website offers real-time context for the escalating conflict.

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Why You Shouldn't Mock Suburbanites Who Say They're From the City

People have all kinds of reasons to use proxies for the place they're "really" from. So have an open mind.

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By 2060, the American South Could Be Three Times as Urbanized

Here comes Charlanta the Gargantua.

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Cities from Space, on Stunning Silk Scarves

Wearable satellite images of Paris, London, and New York.