Tech

A Friendly Hitchhiking Robot Meets a Violent End in Philadelphia

It crossed Canada and made it to Europe, but things took a turn in the U.S.

Techies Are Destroying Raleigh's Southern Accent

First they gentrify, then they disrupt the way you talk.

Navigator

The High-Tech Way to Avoid Long Lines

Check foot traffic in real time before you head out the door.

The World’s Leading Startup Cities

Challengers to Silicon Valley include New York, L.A., Boston, Tel Aviv, and London.

San Francisco Is Testing Pee-Repelling Walls

The city wants to curb public urination with paint that splashes back urine.

The Uphill Battle to Get Solar Into D.C.'s Low-Income Households

Earlier this month, President Obama held up the city as model for bringing solar power to low-income families. He might have spoken a bit too soon.

Maps

All of Seattle's Development Projects in One Map

An interactive tool just released by the city is a step toward transparency as building continues to boom.

This Fake Town Built for Self-Driving Cars Is Now Open

University of Michigan’s Mcity is a 32-acre vehicle-testing lab.

Sydney Declutters Parking Signs With E-Ink

The solar-powered signs post different restrictions based on the time of day.

Yes, Rats Are Being Trained to Sniff Out Land Mines

All they’re asking for in return are some treats and a bit of love.

The Privatization of Public Utilities Has One Major Upside

When it comes to complying with important health regulations, private companies far outperform the public sector.

How Libraries Can Compete With Google and Amazon

The one population that libraries can serve better than anyone else is low-income Americans.

Meet WNYC's Newest Reporter: This Old Pay Phone

It’s asking New Yorkers, “What does Eric Garner mean to you?”

Videos

In Vivid Animation, the Shapes and Sounds of Planet Earth

Crop fields are computer chips and rivers are lightning bolts in this new short film.

Why Police Can't Be Trusted to Decide If Video Should Be Public

The killing of an unarmed man in Gardena, California, and the weak rationale for suppressing dashboard cam footage of the encounter.

Seattle Plants Street Trees in a Substance Made of Car Tires

It’s reportedly easier to maintain than soil and mulch.

Videos

Watch Chicago's Marina City Emerge From the Ground Up

Fifty years ago, the iconic corn-cob-shaped cement towers were a symbol of optimism for the city. Today, they are close to being designated historic landmarks.

CityFixer

Why Tap-and-Go Transit Fares Are Kind of a Big Deal

Lower costs, ridership barriers, and passenger congestion are among the possible benefits.

Bringing Broadband to Kids Who Really Need It

A White House initiative to bring broadband to low-income students could help free up community-based services everywhere.