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Behind the Urbanism in Science Fiction

Exploring the ideas of 20th century city visionaries and how they shaped the genre.

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The Rise of the City Geek: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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Visualizing the Toughest Challenges Facing Global Cities

At Habitat III, stunning mapping projects from around the world showcase the need for science and data in urban planning.

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Farewell, Apple Car

Why couldn’t the gadget maker build the ultimate mobile device?

Great Big Story

The Public Librarians Who Serve as Human Google

The New York Public Library’s reference service still handles 30,000 calls a year.


Should Bike Helmets Be Equipped With Airbags?

Scientists say a self-inflating, Swedish helmet could prevent brain injuries.

Ideas That Stick

Forget the Car Boot, Now There's a Car 'Barnacle'

It sucks onto the windshield and can’t be removed until drivers call to pay a fine.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Momentous Habitat III

A beginner’s guide to what will take place at the United Nations conference, and why it matters for the future of cities.

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Quantifying Everything About Urban Life

Over decades, the Kavli HUMAN Project will track 10,000 New Yorkers’ lives.

Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Amazon Wants to Scan Your License Plate

Identifying cars would help it speed up pickup times at brick-and-mortar stores—but it could use the information to track your location.

ÅF Industry

Inventing a Better Ticketing Machine

The transit authority in Sweden’s southern region of Skåne wants to make the boarding process easier through tech.

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The British Town That Will Run Almost Entirely on Food Waste

By spring 2017, the town of Keynsham could get up to 80 percent of its electricity from food waste alone

Orbital ATK

The Entire East Coast Could See a Rocket Launch This Sunday

The Orbital ATK rocket is carrying supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.

Jason Roberts

A Print-It-Yourself Toolkit for Street Furniture

An open-source catalog boasts downloadable plans for plywood benches, kiosks, and more.


Poland Tests a Self-Sufficient, Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path

The solar-powered lane is meant not just to be pretty, but also safer.

Twelve South

Why Not Cozy Up to a Candle That Smells Like a MacBook?

Because nothing conjures home and comfort like the scent of cold metal.


What Millennials Have to Say About Climate Change

A global film competition through the World Bank asks young people what climate change means in their lives.

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Can the Paris Gondola Succeed Where London's Failed?

France has a grand plan for remaking urban transit, and it’s full of aerial cable cars.

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What If Virtual Reality Can Make Us Better Citizens?

Researchers are studying how the technology can help us build empathy and change our personal behavior.