Tech

Reuters

How an Influx of Space Travelers Could Transform One New Mexico Town

Whenever Sir Richard Branson's "spaceline" is finally ready for business (soon, he says), Truth or Consequences will be the first place to notice. 

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Crowdsourcing Crime Reporting in the World's Murder Capitals

On the problem-solving power of cell phones in Central America.

Marius Arnesen/NRK

Big in Oslo: A Reality Show About Celebrities Planning Their Funerals

Norwegian television has come up with yet another radical concept.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Reuters

An Acid-Spewing ATM That Protects Itself From Thieves

How scientists turned a beetle's unusual defense mechanism into technology.

Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología - UTEC/Youtube

A Billboard That Purifies the Air Around It

Its creators claim it can do the work of 1,200 trees.

Zachary Tyler Newton (Van Alen Institute)

The Quest to Measure the Brain's Response to Urban Design

"It's the holy grail for architects."

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How to Make a Map Go Viral

 A conversation with the mapmaker whose creations circumnavigate the Internet.

Envision Solar

The Problem of Finding Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Just Got Sunnier

The solar-powered EV ARC charger has a key advantage: portability.

Getty

This App Could Beat Groupon and Yelp at the Going-Out Game

San Francisco start-up Sosh delivers the best restaurants, events, and activities to your phone. But can it succeed where daily-deals sites have failed?

How Helsinki Became the Most Successful Open-Data City in the World

Helsinki has always had a top-notch statistics bureau. Now, it's bringing that data online, and making it regional.

Nate Berg

What Running Out of Power in a Tesla on the Side of a Highway Taught Me About the Road Trip of Tomorrow

A lesson in range anxiety on the country's emerging Supercharger network.

Associated Press

Will Global Warming Produce More Tornadoes?

In the wake of a devastating series of twister strikes, here's what the latest science has to say.

Reuters

Who Is at Fault When a Driverless Car Gets in an Accident?

It may seem odd, but we already have the laws we need for dealing with this inevitable situation.

Google

The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets

The vehicle has now moved beyond highways to its next phase: roaming the roads of Mountain View.

China View/Youtube

A Chinese Company Managed to 3D-Print 10 Buildings in One Day

Each cost less than $5,000.

Reuters

The Site of a 1950s Plane Crash Just Became a National Landmark

But the Park Service won't tell you how to get there.

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How This Chicago Restaurant Produced Zero Waste

Going green all the way.

Drought Now Covers 100 Percent of California

And the snowpack is melting quickly, too.