Vector Map

A Mesmerizing, Futuristic Map With Animated Traffic and Glowing Buildings

It basically turns your city into Tron.


10,000 Years of War and Immigration Captured in This DNA Map of Britain

Take a look at the regions of Europe that had the greatest genetic influence on the people of the U.K.

San Francisco Gets the Ridiculous Luxury Bus It Deserves

The smartphone-enhanced, coffee-slinging, pro-networking Leap Transit could only exist in the Bay.

Flickr/wikileakstruck, Wikimedia Commons/Paethon, Laura Bliss

The 'Oculus Rift' and the Courtroom

Immersive virtual reality could shake up jurors and judges across the globe.

Carma Carpooling

Carpooling Tries for a Comeback

Several emerging services are betting that technology can revive the shared commute.

First West of England

The U.K.'s 'Poo Bus' Is Becoming a Crappy Reality

The biomethane vehicle will soon run on the (ahem) "Service 2" route.

University of Minnesota

Don't Expect to Ride in Driverless Buses Anytime Soon

But partial autonomous technology can still improve transit systems.

Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP

Here's What's Really Ruining Austin (and It's Not SXSW)

It's not the tourists; it's the locals. There are just too many now—and no plan for handling them all.

City of Boston

Why Crowdsourcing City Projects Actually Works for Boston

The city has made a habit of soliciting insight on municipal projects from its well-educated residents—but with strict guidelines.


How Controversial Advertising Technology Is Helping Writers Tell Stories in Austin

An experimental new app uses Bluetooth "beacons" to push narratives instead of ads.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Like Yelp, but for Autism-Friendly Businesses

A father hopes to create an app that will help parents find restaurants and parks that are suitable for autistic children.


Can You Spot the New Street Art in the Space Station?

After a long journey, a famed urban artist gets his work launched into orbit.

Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society

The Politics of Disaster at Los Angeles' St. Francis Dam

In 1928, more than 400 people were killed in a massive dam break in L.A. County—and the tragedy is barely recognized. That might finally be changing.

AP Photo/Don Ryan

We (Almost) Have the Technology to Predict Potholes

Researchers in the U.K. are developing software that would allow cities to identify damaged roadways earlier.  

Quartz/Cassie Webber

A Run-Down Welsh City Plans to Power Its Homes by Harnessing the Tides

A plan is underway in Swansea to construct the first power station in the world based on a man-made tidal lagoon.


This Bluetooth-Enabled U-Lock Shrieks at Bike Thieves

The smart lock's piercing alarm can draw attention from 150 feet away.


The Case Against Giant Traffic Robots

The towering figures are an eye-catching distraction from a lack of infrastructure planning in the Democratic Republic of Congo's ever-growing capital.

Courtesy of Farmigo

Beyond Farmers Markets: The Future of Local Food in America

As farmers markets fall from grace, tech-friendly food distributors are stepping in to meet the demand for locally-sourced products.