Robinson Meyer

Film the Police

A new app makes it easier.

What Good Is a Video You Can't See?

Police body cameras are meant to be a tool of public accountability. But even experts can't agree on how to make sure that happens.

The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record'

Police-worn body cameras may be necessary, but we still need citizens who are brave enough to capture video of conflict.

Further Proof That It's Hard to Be a Mets Fan

Facebook data of baseball allegiances shows the geography of fandom.

The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change? Trees

Between now and 2050, forests are one of our 'most promising' geo-engineering tools.

A New Global Swarm of Weather-Sensing Satellites

Armed with tiny orbiting sensors, a startup plans to build the world's largest database of private weather data.

How One Small Idaho City Has Embraced Body Cameras

Police in Post Falls, Idaho, have been using body cams since 2007, and say the technology has improved their work.

What Firechat's Success in Hong Kong Means for a Global Internet

The app now connecting political protesters could soon connect people in the developing world.

The Geography of NFL Fandom

The Patriots really do rule New England, and the Cowboys might just be America's team. But after that, things get complicated.

I Drank a Cup of Hot Coffee That Was Overnighted Across the Country

A single PR stunt reveals the complicated, pervasive intersection of logistics and culture.

What Does Your City Look Like From Space?

A new website lets you check out photos taken by astronauts of specific spots on Earth.

You Might Soon Be Able to Watch Netflix on Amtrak

Assuming the rail service's business proposal goes through.

On Google Maps, the Washington Monument Is a Sundial

And it moves to reflect the real position of the sun.

How to Make a Map Go Viral

 A conversation with the mapmaker whose creations circumnavigate the Internet.

Every U.S. County's Favorite Baseball Team (According to Facebook)

Hating the Yankees is almost as universal as 'liking' them.

Are Stonehenge's Boulders Actually Big Bells?

Some of the structure's 'bluestones' ring when struck with a hammer.

How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps

In Street View mashups, we see not just clever Photoshopping, but two cultures' ways of seeing a place.

In Sochi, Open Source Maps Beat Google's

The "Wikipedia of maps," OpenStreetMap, has bested the corporate giant.

Can a Twitter Bot Capture Chicago's Essence?

Chicago is ugly. Chicago is real. Chicago is a place of magic and mystery.