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What Happens When Every City Has a Giant Ferris Wheel?

Observation wheels are reaching the point of ubiquity in tourist capitals. Is this trend ever going to slow down? 

Andy Warhol, Empire, 1964/The Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol's Film 'Empire' Turns 50

Celebrating one of the world's most famous skyscrapers on the day an equally famous artist filmed it. For a long, long time.

Christine Pulliam/CfA

Could Extraterrestrial Pollution Be a Sign of Life in Space?

A novel approach to the search for intelligent (or not so intelligent) beings. 

Where Restaurant Reservations Come From

A journey into the mysterious origins of the pre-arranged table.

Maps
Chris Walker/Mic

Imagining the Gaza Invasion in Major U.S. Cities Through Maps

There are 1.8 million people in Gaza. What would that look like in your city?

Adidas

The Extraordinary Future of Shoes

Knitted footwear technology is poised to enhance sustainability and walkability alike.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

A New Site Allows You to Pay a Detroit Resident's Water Bill

Turn On Detroit's Water matches donors with Detroiters who are under water on their water bills.

AP/Cliff Owen

Testing a No-Cellphone Sidewalk Lane

A new National Geographic TV series captures pedestrians navigating—and ignoring—signs indicating a cell-free zone. 

Reuters/Gustau Nacarino

How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down

These cities aren't telling contractors what they want to buy. They're laying out problems they want to fix.

Time

Maps Designed to Stop Gas Explosions—and Help the Climate

The Environmental Defense Fund teams with Google Earth to detect hidden methane leaks.

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Here's How NASA Thinks We Will Find Aliens

The agency thinks we'll find life on other planets soon, but we may not be exchanging messages for a while.

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NYC Taxis: A Day in the Life

Follow a Real New York Taxi's Daily Slog

Thirty days, 30 random cabbie journeys based on actual location data.

Courtesy NASA, the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit

What Does Your City Look Like From Space?

A new website lets you check out photos taken by astronauts of specific spots on Earth.

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James West and Jaeah Lee

Inside Yingli, the Giant Chinese Solar Company Sponsoring the World Cup

You’ve seen their logos on the sidelines, now get a peek inside the company trying to transform the world.

Tooshlights

Traffic Lights Are Coming to a Restroom Near You

Tooshlights aim to shorten public bathroom lines and offer more privacy.

Reuters/Mansi Thapliyal

Indian Mobile Services Are Now Charging Users Like Cable Companies—One Site at a Time

"Unbundling the internet" could save consumers money by linking them to only their favorite websites.

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Google Maps

Google Maps Has Finally Added a Geodesic Distance Measuring Tool

Helicopter owners and tech-savvy birds, rejoice. You can now map the literal shortest distance to your destination.

Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Car Insurance Companies Want to Track Your Every Move—and You're Going to Let Them

The future of the average insured driver lies in telematics. 

Constantine Valhoulis

New York City Musical References, Mapped

Music is embedded in the streets, like the streets are embedded in the music.