Tech

How Many Neighborhoods Is Too Many for One Map?

The lead cartographer for Mapbox answers the technological and philosophical questions of which ‘hoods make it onto a map.

A Glimpse of Earth in 10,000 Years

Climate change means the end of our world, but the beginning of another—one with a new set of species and ecosystems.

Even Fake Traffic Is Bad for Birds

A clever experiment reveals how highway noise drives songbirds out of forests and harms the ones that stay behind.

Mastering Computers, Mobile Phones Can Shave Years Off Seniors' Mental Age

Who says smartphones are making us dumb?

Cable-Box Rentals: A Needless $19-Billion Industry

But letting customers buy their own would force cable companies to improve their equipment.

Beijing's Newest Weapon Against Smog: A Supercomputer

IBM says its artificially intelligent machine can forecast air pollution up to 72 hours in advance.

California's 'Katrina' Could Be Coming to Sacramento

You don’t need a hurricane to have a catastrophic flood.

A Brief History of Levees

Manmade embankments are an ancient technology, modeled from nature.

A New NYC Taxi App Shows There's Still Hope for Cabs

Uber has had a big head start with its ride-hailing app, but the taxi industry is finally getting serious about their own.

The Geography of Pop Music Superstars

Three cities have dominated over time: New York, London, and L.A.

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How Tech Helps Guide the Blind

New developments in accessible technology have made it easier than ever for the visually-impaired to connect.

What Does That Air Pollution Reading Actually Mean?

Share My Air converts air quality data into more relatable terms, like the equivalent number of cigarettes smoked.

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Go Solar Without Panels

SunPort lets you buy solar credits just by plugging into a socket.

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Finally, An App That Keeps Track of the Parking Meter for You

A $9 device can save you from a $50 parking ticket.

The Future of Hobby Drone Regulation Is Up in the Air

They're endangering aircraft and firefighters, but the FAA isn't stepping up. Who does that leave?

New Orleans, the Reluctant 'City Laboratory'

Ten years after Katrina, a complicated culture of “experiments” continues to shape the city.

Google Wants to Help You Install Solar Rooftop Panels

The tech giant’s new tool, Project Sunroof, tells you how much sun you get and how much money you could save.

MIT Puts Pedestrians at the Center of Urban Design

MIT Media Lab’s “Placelet” project will measure the quality of a space by tracking how people move through it.

Fortify Your Phone With a Pope Francis App

Pilgrims will be able to follow the papal leader’s upcoming visit to Philadelphia (and plan their own) using an app developed by IBM.