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The Dark Side of a Tech Boom

As Tesla and Apple move in, Reno, Nevada, is building lots of high-end apartments, but little in the way of affordable housing.

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A Novel Idea for Regulating Airbnb

A "renters rights" exchange could spread costs and benefits more evenly across city neighborhoods.

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Coming Soon to France: Hundreds of Miles of Solar-Powered Roads

Thin panels installed on existing roads could be used to power streetlights and homes within five years.

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How 311 Apps Make Winter a Bit More Bearable

In Philadelphia, residents can request on-demand plowing and salting after snowfalls.

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Can a Game Help Build Affordable Housing?

To break through gridlock on fair housing, officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic.

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Why Food Trucks Locate Where They Do

Five big takeaways from a unique new study.

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A Lovely Map of Phone Reception in the New York Subway

Its creators probed the MTA’s 660 miles of track with a prototype data logger.

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This Solar-Powered Streetlight Also Zaps Mosquitoes

See ya, suckers.

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A Requiem for the CFL Light Bulb

General Electric is flipping the switch on the harsh, energy-saving bulbs that divided a nation.

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The Dutch Police Are Training Eagles To Take Down Drones

In the battle between unmanned vehicles and birds of prey, talons win every time.

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Flint Accelerates Plans to Replace All Lead Pipes

But it won’t be easy.

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Why Data Farms Are Heading Underwater

The ocean’s cooling properties and energy potential led Microsoft to run a cloud center there for 105 days.

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This App Hopes to Help You Outsmart L.A. Traffic Jams

GoLA links all your transit options together and tells you which one works best.

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The Bay Bridge Will Be Permanently Draped in Waterfall Lights

San Francisco’s skyline is about to get much more twinkly.

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São Paulo Offers the Best Plan Yet for Dealing With Uber

Call it congestion pricing for taxi cabs.

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Putting Slums on the Map

Activists in Buenos Aires seek to improve conditions by including marginalized neighborhoods on official maps.

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How Electric Concrete Could Make Shoveling Snow a Thing of the Past

A new type of conductive concrete uses electrical currents to instantly de-ice roads during winter storms.

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Chinese Engineers Move 2 Huge Bridges 90 Degrees in 1.5 Hours

Show-offs.

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In Peru, Vultures Go High-Tech to Fight Garbage

Once reviled by the community, nature’s best scavengers have become a welcome sight in the capital city of Lima.