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The Real Reason You Can't Text 911

Major cell-phones companies are equipped to let callers text emergency call centers, but most states aren’t.

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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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Can France Restore Renters' Faith in Fair Housing With Pricing Caps?

New legislation recognizes that demand for units has spun out of control, as have the fees and price hikes rental agencies charge. 

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How Vancouver Became One of North America's Most Family-Friendly Cities

It took very concerted policy efforts going back to the early 1990s.

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Christchurch's Approach to Rebuilding After a Disaster Should Be a Model for Cities

How public-private partnerships have enabled the New Zealand city to rebound from a earthquake stronger than ever. 

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The Doomed Fight to Save Delhi's 'Magician's Ghetto'

A new documentary explores the cultural cost of slum redevelopment. 

The Bike Design Project

This Is Supposedly the Urban Bike of the Future

If trends continue, we'll all soon be riding extremely well-designed mopeds.

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The Hardest Video Game in History Is About Street Art

To thoroughly win, you'll need to actually go visit every continent. 

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The Surprisingly Short History of the Rooftop Happy Hour

140 years ago, the only thing that hung out on urban roofs was wet laundry. But over time, height conquered all.  

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People Just Won't Give Up on Awful Neighborhood Apps

SketchFactor is the latest in a series of user-experience-driven mapping apps with the distinct smack of genteel paranoia. 

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These Magnetic 'Hairs' Could Make For Smarter Windows

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

Californians Will Have to Get Comfortable With Purified 'Toilet-to-Tap' Water

The golden state's historic drought is forcing residents to reconsider the "yuck factor" of wastewater re-use.

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Want a Phone-Free Flight? You May Have to Pay Extra

Airlines can now allow passengers to make in-flight calls—and they're looking to charge you to travel in peace.

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The Robots Are Coming, but Are They Coming for Our Jobs?

Experts are split on whether artificial intelligence will boost—or decimate—the economy.

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The Pot Industry Is Growing a Startup Culture

Small companies are stepping up to fill the needs of the evolving legal-weed economy—there's even a Yelp-style app.

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In Singapore, Senior Citizens Can Now Stop Traffic

As the county joins the ranks of "super-aged" nations, its new Green Man Plus program is using tech to give older pedestrians extra time to cross busy streets.

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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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There's a Housing Crisis Looming in Final Fantasy XIV

A new feature in this massive online game that promises a personal home for every player might turn out to be a housing nightmare.

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Cigarette Butts: Fodder for the Future's Green Tech?

Korean researchers may have uncovered an innovative use for tar-stained filters.