Olympics 2014

In Sochi, Open Source Maps Beat Google's

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

Do the Winter Olympics Have a Future in a Warming World?

 Russia's balmy weather could be a sign of things to come, a new study says. We're running out of places cold enough to host the Games.

Sochi Is Scrambling 'Volunteers' to Fill Empty Seats

Attendance has been spotty at the Winter Olympics, and even historically popular events have seen underwhelming turnouts.

Will Sochi Have Enough Snow?

Piles of fake snow at the Olympics are just the latest sign of an industry on the brink.

Revisiting Russia's Last Opening Ceremony

Boycotts, a bear mascot, and a powerful head of state. Some things don't change.

A Guide to Getting Around Sochi During the Games

Including a fancy new $8.7 billion rail line.

The Global Map of Homophobia

As eyes turn to Sochi, a look at the countries where it's worst (and best) to be gay.

The Sochi Threat Matrix, Deconstructed

Russia has 40,000 police and military staff on the ground for the Olympics. Will it be enough?

Here Come the Cossacks

Russia's unarmed, heavily costumed guards may look intimidating, but their actual power is pretty limited.

Don't Worry Canada, Everyone Has a Tiny Bed in Sochi

Canadians are not impressed with their hockey team's accommodations.

Sochi's Plan to Rid Itself of Stray Dogs

Local officials see extermination as the most efficient method, though it's controversial among activists.