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3D Editing of 2D Photos. Yeah, It's Possible

Computer engineers have created software that could make it impossible to tell if photos are real. 

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Happy 100th Birthday to the World's First Patented Electric Traffic Light

A design based on James Hoge's creation debuted in Cleveland on August 5, 1914.

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Many Renters Could Afford Mortgages, But Can't Afford Homes

Bridging the gap between young renters and first-time home buyers is a challenge made more difficult by corporations paying for homes in cash.

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Amsterdam's Weird Culture War

Conservatives want to power-wash the city of its intrinsic character—which includes pot shops and sex shows, but also a uniquely Dutch balance.

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One Way for Californians to Conserve Water: Paint Your Dead Lawns Green

As the Golden State's worst drought on record rages on, a niche industry emerges.

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Why Are Americans so Suspicious of Self-Driving Cars?

Attitudes about autonomous vehicles are positive in the UK and Australia. But in the U.S., people are more paranoid. 

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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.

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How Cities in India Are Preventing Prenatal Deaths With Mobile Technology

With a solar-powered diagnostic "slate," health workers can conduct tests, provide treatment, and instantly send information to doctors—even in remote areas without electricity. 

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A Transit Plan to Make a Less-Stressful Zoo for Animals

Zootopia will move visitors through animal habitats from three continents via three modes of mirrored transportation.

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City Maps Made by Judgmental Jerks

These fearlessly biased maps point out areas of "religious wackadoodles," "white guilt," and "Kardashian watchers."

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This App Generates Hidden-Message Orbs Your Friends Must Physically Locate

Designed by brain scientists, "Traces" seeks to make messaging more meaningful.

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One Woman's Quest to Design Parking Lots People Don't Hate

Rachel Yoka believes parking can be more than what some might call a necessary evil.

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Ornamental Hermits Still Exist—Kind Of

Having a live-in hermit was all the rage in 18th-century England. In recent years, some have chosen the quiet life for art's sake.

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A Cairo Startup Aims to Modernize the City's Street-Merchant Infrastructure

Flashy "formal" kiosks sponsored by Coca-Cola and Red Bull will replace some traditional vendors. Will they be embraced by modern Egyptians?

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Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers Apple's iCloud

Apple has a wide-ranging plan to keep its ever-expanding empire green—but it has a few holes.

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Toledo's Water Is Now Safe to Drink, but the Causes Behind Its Toxicity Linger

After a weekend ban, 400,00 residents can safely turn their faucets back on. But the Great Lakes as a water source are still in bad shape. 

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The Great Recession Cemented Suburban Poverty

New data rounding out the 2000s shows that poverty in U.S. suburbs is only growing.

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Two Chairs and a Sofa, All in One

For those tough-to-furnish small living rooms. 

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The Case for Packing Libraries Full of Toys and Games

Experts say access to play develops "self-directed executive function," a skill just as important as reading.