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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.

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. 

'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.

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. 

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.

City Maps Made by Judgmental Jerks

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

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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. 

The Great Recession Cemented Suburban Poverty

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

Two Chairs and a Sofa, All in One

For those tough-to-furnish small living rooms. 

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. 

Colorado Cities Fight State and Industry Reps for Resident Input on Fracking

Locals say one-size-fits-all regulation won't work across the diverse, resource-rich state.

What Do We Do With Old Public Payphones?

Resurrecting cities' phone-booth systems with Wi-Fi hotspots, tiny art galleries, and more.

The View From Your Window Is Worth Cash to This Company

New York-based Placemeter is turning disused smartphones into big data.

Craft Beer Drinkers: Be Wary of 'Exploding Swill'

"One piece of glass flew into someone's open mouth," reports a man attacked by beer.