Tech

"London: The Information Capital"

Visualizing the New London Through Beautiful Data-Powered Graphics

The new book London: The Information Capital, brings data on the city's economics, housing, and tourism to life through stunning graphic visualizations.

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MapStory

One Mapping Service to Rule Them All

MapStory can give users the tools to map the growth of every municipality in the world.

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Why Is 'Ping' a Thing?

Does the word come from sonar? Is it a "backronym"? Internet jargon? Yes, yes, and yes.

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Nextdoor

App Your Way to the Best Halloween Candy in Your City

The "Treat Map" can be used as a high-tech tool for treat hoarding.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Here's What the Antares Rocket Explosion Looked Like From a Plane

A pilot in a small aircraft captured this unreal footage of last night's "catastrophic anomaly."

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Who Needs a Boring Closet When You Have a Grappling Hook?

Stop tossing your entire wardrobe over a chair and get organized with the "Grapple Clothing Hook."

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Hong Kong’s Occupy Central Now Has its Own Video Game

A Hong Kong developer wants to offer the world a "firsthand" experience of the protests.

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Hand Sanitizer: Kills Germs and Funnels BPA Into Your Skin

All kinds of receipts and tickets contain the potentially toxic compound, which sanitizer helps our bodies to absorb.

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This Bicycle Gadget Makes Red Lights Turn Green

The "Veloloop" emits a low-frequency signal to alert traffic sensors to a cyclist's presence.

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Here's One Way Earthquake-Prone Cities Are Thinking Ahead

"Rival" ports across Puget Sound are using game-like simulations to plan their responses—before a big one hits.

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Quantifying the Livable City

NYU's Constantine Kontokosta sees Big Data as a tool not just for saving energy—but for making cities healthier, more resilient, and more equitable.

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When and Where Does the Internet Sleep?

A peek at the global rhythm of Internet usage.

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Morphocode

Mapping the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

A new tool called Urban Layers tracks Manhattan's rise, block by block, since 1765.

Reuters/Mai Langsdon

What a Hacker Can Learn About You From a Coffee Shop's WiFi

Over public networks, the barrier to your personal details is pretty darn low.

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One Way to Avoid Flight Delays: Help Air-Traffic Controllers Do a Better Job

Hamsa Balakrishnan develops algorithms that help controllers and pilots better manage who's taking off and when.

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This Weekend There Could Be Auroras—on Mars

NASA says it's a “once-in-a-lifetime event.”

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China Disrupts the Rain Gear Industry with the 'Air Umbrella'

This weather wand blows raindrops 3 feet away (and perhaps onto other people).

Just in Time for Halloween Comes the Terrifying 'Jack-O-Lantern Sun'

This guy looks like he'd eat the Man in the Moon for breakfast.

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Big Data Can Peer Into Your Soul Based on Your Zip Code

Software company Esri's database files Americans into 67 different consumer groups—with eerie accuracy.