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MIT Has a Clever Way to Map Streetlights

Think of it as a kind of Google Street View for street lamps.

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Kyle Chayka

What Would You Pay for an Empty Room?

A new app allows users to summon empty spaces on demand—but only elites can afford its rates.

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Germany Has the World's First Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Train

Not all groundbreaking changes are about speed.

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Why Chicago Needs to Focus on Unsolved Murders: 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.

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How a 'Smart' Public Transit System Can Better Serve Riders With Disabilities

A team of researchers is designing a system to ensure riders are at the right stop at the right time.

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Could This Scanner Take the Hell Out of Airport Security Checks?

Say goodbye to trays and conveyor belts.

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The Bangkok Park Crawling With Huge Lizards

City officials have started to relocate the creatures.

Alex Brandon/AP

Can Self-Driving Cars Protect Black People From Police Violence?

If automated vehicles can change and save so many lives, we should talk seriously about how they can protect black lives.

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A Street Light Installation Reveals Train Traffic Under San Francisco's Streets

A nearly 2-mile-long installation would visualize the real-time passage of underground trains.

MIT Senseable City Lab / AMS Institute

Next Up: Self-Driving Boats, Because of Course

In cities like Amsterdam, “Roboats” could also function as temporary floating infrastructure.

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Meet the 'Pollockocopter,' a Drone That Throws Paint Bombs

At walls or people, your choice.

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How Throwback Model Towns Could Help Alzheimer's Patients

One 1950s-themed town will have a city hall, a movie theater, and a park to help bring back memories for dementia patients.

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LinkNYC Pulls Web Access From Its Wi-Fi Kiosks

The company is removing web browsing from its public tablets because users have become way too comfortable.

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Anybody Can Test a Self-Driving Car in Pennsylvania

As long as there’s a licensed human sitting in the driver’s seat, you don’t need a special permit for your vehicle to drive itself.

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How London's Newest Transit Link Revealed the Source of the Great Plague

Yet more evidence of a city built on bones.

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​​​​​​​As Black Travelers Turn Away, Airbnb Creates New Anti-Bias Policies

The new guidelines are a step in the right direction, but black leisure consumers may not wait around for the company to make things right.

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The Apps Fighting Europe's Mountains of Wasted Restaurant Food

They match uneaten restaurant portions with hungry bargain hunters.

Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Venice's Vast New Flood Barrier Is Almost Here

Work began this week on the last section. Will it do the trick?

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A Skyscraper Made of Bones: How Biomimicry Could Shape the Cities of the Future

Researchers studying the potential of organic materials such as seashells say future cities may emulate the ultimate designer—nature.