Tech

Ingrid Burrington

Architecture for the Internet

A look inside a “carrier hotel” in Manhattan — a building where different ISPs and network companies “check in” with one another.

Miles Aubert/Duke Robotics

How Will Driverless Cars Communicate With Walkers, Joggers, and Cyclists?

For self-driving vehicles to succeed, they’ll have to earn people’s trust—and predict their behavior.

Eric Risberg/AP

With Youth Suicides Up, the Golden Gate Bridge Implements Crisis Texting

The number of suicidal youth coming to the bridge has increased five-fold in recent years.

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RunGo

An App for Runners Bitten by the Travel Bug

RunGo uses turn-by-turn navigation and pre-charted routes to help runners explore the local gems in a new city.

Bryan Woolston/Reuters

Baltimore Police Say Aerial Surveillance Is Not a 'Secret Spy Program'

The department has been using technology developed for Iraq war operations on the city since January, and failed to tell the public.

NASA

Identifying Poverty From Space

As a country’s GDP increases, so does its nighttime luminosity.

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Staying Cool and Connected During Hajj Under a Solar-Powered Umbrella

This “smart” umbrella turns the sun’s rays into electricity to power its built-in flashlight, fan, and GPS system.

Steve Marcus/Reuters

Dubai's Interest in the Hyperloop Is Shockingly Sensible

It’s all about the massive Jebel Ali port.

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Umit Bektas/Reuters

Visualizing the State of Global Internet Connectivity

Two maps illustrate disparities in access across the world.

Netflix

Netflix's 'The Get Down' Shows What a Community Without Police Looks Like

The new six-part series is a testament to both the social limitations and successes of hip hop.  

Videos

Living Off the Electrical Grid in the Middle of the City

Tired of steep electricity bills, one couple stopped power to their home in Washington, D.C., and made a drastic change.

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REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Here Is Your Guide to Free Online Courses on Urbanism

Get schooled on architecture, sustainability and development.

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Evicted for a Debt the Price of a Meal: 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.

Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Why Scotland's Wind Power Achievement Matters

The shape of things to come.

AP/Andy Wong

China's Straddling Bus Derails Into Controversy

The whole project may turn out to be one big disappointment—or worse, a full-on scam.

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The Lasting Power of Old Urban Renewal Rules: 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.

Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

Rio Is Building Igloos of Poop to Fix the Sewage Problem

As the government breaks its pledge to clean waterways, one community shows how it can be done.

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China's Futuristic Straddling Bus Is Finally Here

For years, it existed only on paper and tiny models, but on Tuesday, the bus went for its first test drive.

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SaveOn Energy

Mapping America's Mountains of Garbage

This mesmerizing map illustrates a century of landfills.