Tech

Here's an App That Explains #TheDress, Once and for All

Has your office lost its collective mind about The Dress? Whip out this app and let color science stop the madness.

Teaching Driverless Cars to Fit Your Human Driving Style

After all, not everyone takes an off-ramp the same way.

How Gary, Indiana, Got Serious About Tackling Blight

The mayor of Gary is determined to stop a tide of vacant, neglected buildings in her post-industrial city. Data-rich parcel mapping is the first step.

The Eiffel Tower Is Now the Loveliest Electrical Generator in the World

It's all about visibility: If one of the most famous monuments in the world can use sustainable energy, why can't everything else?

Maps

Help New York Build a Digital Time Machine

The New York Public Library needs a hand with its ambitious "Google Maps of yesteryears" project.

A Dreamy New Database for L.A. Architecture Nerds

15 years in the making, the most complete resource on L.A.'s historic built environment has just launched.

Why Did a Chinese Rocket Break Up Spectacularly Over America?

It had launched a scientific or military satellite, depending on which side you believe.

Forget FedEx and UPS—Waffle House It

The new epicenter of shipping.

Almost No Cities Own Their Names on Twitter

Cities need to get on-brand with their brands, because the situation is hilariously bad.

Videos

How San Francisco Proved to the World It Had Recovered From the 1906 Earthquake

100 years ago today, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition opened its doors.

The Social Science Behind Online Shareablity

A number of surprising factors could make images go viral on different social media platforms.

This Tokyo Marathoner Will Wear a Tomato-Loaded Robo-Backpack

The wearable veggie-bot Tomatan will demonstrate how to fuel up on lycopene while on the go.

Maps

Kids in India Are Sparking Urban Planning Changes by Mapping Slums

A new project aims to give young Indians a voice in the city-development process.

The L.A. Dodgers Are Named After Terrified Brooklyn Pedestrians

The history of the "Trolley Dodgers" reminds us city streets once belonged to people.

This Beautiful Wood And Aluminum Bike Is Made in Part From 3D Printing

Not your average bike.

Videos

Every Year There's a New Viral Video of This Japanese Bike-Parking Robot

It's not hard to see why people love it so much, though.

For Cleaner Water, Just Add Beer

The city of Boulder is teaming up with a local beer maker to use brewing byproducts to treat wastewater.

A Hands-Free, Self-Cleaning Bathroom for Transit Stations

Has the "public restroom of the future" arrived in Atlanta?