Tech

Robot Town Sagami

Japan Now Has a Traffic Signal Shaped Like Astro Boy

But can it aerate jaywalkers with retractable butt guns?

NYCLink

R.I.P., Pay Phones. Hello, 'Links'

NYC's swanky future pay phones will provide unlimited Wi-Fi and free domestic calls. But will they be accessible to everyone?

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Cleaning Up Urban Waterways With Manmade Islands

The brains behind Scotland's Biomatrix Water use flotillas of plants to filter polluted water and soften concrete riverbanks.

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Is New York the New Model for Startup Cities?

Its rise has been remarkable. But should aspiring tech hubs really emulate the Big Apple?

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Can High-Speed Rail Help Dallas Build a Great Transit System?

It may struggle to keep up with passenger demand if it doesn't.

PLOS One

Why 'Six Degrees of Separation' Breaks Down Inside Cities

Inspired by Milgram's famous experiment, an analysis of Twitter networks and geography reveals how personal connections get lost at the city level.

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Why There Will Always Be Room on the Road for Skilled Taxi Drivers

GPS and e-hailing apps like Uber don't have mean the end of professional cabbies.

Kristof Retezár

This Water Bottle for Bikes Generates H2O From the Air

Under hot and humid conditions, "Fontus" claims to "make" 17 ounces of water in an hour.

Egg-Freezing Parties Aren't Going Away Any Time Soon

They've jumped from Manhattan to the West Coast. How much farther might they spread?

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Why Some Places Still Have Plenty of Pay Phones

They survive where people still use them.

Patrick Coulie

An Etsy Co-Founder and His Wife Have Big Plans for Albuquerque

From a digital fabrication startup to green buildings, Jared and Laurie Tarbell are trying to make downtown a hotbed of innovation.

Reuters/Carlos Barria

The New Geography of Super-Charged Startup Cities

The Bay Area clearly dominates in software companies that have been valued at a billion dollars or more, but China is coming on strong.

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Why a Google Fiber Deal Fell Apart in Kansas

Though Google and city officials are being vague, a local ordinance appears to be to blame for the deal's breakdown.

SolaRoad

The Netherlands Gets the World's First Solar-Powered Bike Lane

Leave it to the Dutch to make cycling even greener.

Associated Press

Google Glass Has a (Literal) Blind Spot

Researchers say the techno-specs create a "partial peripheral vision obstruction."

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DHL Global Connectedness Index

Tracking the Rise of Globalization Through International Phone Calls

In this "index of global connectedness," 7 of the 10 largest international call routes initiate from the U.S.

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The FBI Wants to Ramp Up Access to Your iPhone

The agency argues that encryption is making it difficult for police to catch dangerous criminals.

Somebody App

Even Miranda July's Weird Stranger-Interaction App Can't Connect Us

The artist's Somebody app aims to bring people who are geographically close together socially. It hasn't worked.