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Developing Flood-Prevention With the World's Largest Man-Made Waves

A new Dutch facility, called Delta Flume, can generate waves up to 15 feet high.


A Growing Problem for 9-1-1 Dispatchers: Butt-Dials

Getting rid of accidental emergency calls could save San Francisco more than $2 million yearly, says an official.


China Rolls Out the 'World's First Driverless Bus'

Not sure why there’s a driver right there, though.


Pompeii and the Ancient Origins of Blaming the Victim

People have sought moral explanations for natural disasters since antiquity.


Self-Driving Cars Could Save 300,000 Lives Per Decade in the U.S.

Automation on the roads could be the great public-health achievement of the 21st century.

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Your Next Uber Driver May Be a Retiree

Contrary to stereotypes, seniors are a natural fit for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

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Ads Have Started Watching You Back, Which Is Not Creepy At All

The intelligent posters change over time based on viewer reactions.


Coming Soon to Google Maps: Street-Level Air Pollution

A new partnership with Aclima will track air quality in L.A., San Francisco, and California's Central Valley.

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A Youth-Driven Interactive Map of Rapidly Changing West Oakland

West Side Stories is a primer for newcomers and a forum for longtime residents.

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This MIT Student Built a Real-Time MBTA Map for His Wall

Some frat brothers opt for Scarface posters. Ian Reynolds just wants to watch the trains arrive.

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The Study That Brought Down Volkswagen

A closer look at the West Virginia report at the center of the VW emissions scandal.


How to Spy on Your Pet at Home

The new PetBot gadget lets you check up on your four-legged companion via alerts and animal selfies.

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NASA's Mission to Bring Data From Space to the Developing World

The agency’s satellites have a unique vantage point that can help countries prepare for climate change.

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Venture Capital Might Be Raising Your Rent

But zoning for less density is ruining your city.

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Our Bodies, Our Microbial Clouds

A new study found that we leave a bacterial signature in the air.

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More and More Towns Are Falling in Love With Golf Carts

From the Atlanta suburbs to Palm Springs, golf carts and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) are increasingly found off the links.

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Why Nigeria’s Newest Start-Ups Are Sprouting Outside the Megacity of Lagos

A new crop of entrepreneurs have turned to smaller, less expensive markets to grow their companies.


Comparing Bay Area Housing Prices to the World's Most Gorgeous Places

For what it costs to live in San Francisco, you might as well relocate to an unbelievably stunning Mediterranean island.

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What It's Like to Be Hearing Impaired in a Big, Dense City

An artist tackles the challenges of navigating dense urban areas with hearing loss.