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Uber's Usage Maps Are a Handy Tool for Finding the World's Rich, Young People

A stark pattern repeated around the world.

The High-Tech Shoes That 'Tickle' You Directions

Wearable technology continues to get weirder with these GPS-guided "vibrotactile" sneakers.

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Now You Can Hire a Prostitute Like You Hire an Uber

In Germany, at least.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

The NYPD Just Figured Out How to Publicize Its Own Worst Moments on Twitter

Hashtag fail.

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For Smaller Cities, the Airbnb Backlash Can Be Even Bigger

In communities that rely on a handful of special events each year, the sharing economy is complicated.

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How China Will Dominate the U.S. Electric-Bus Market

The country is emerging as an innovator in green tech.

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The South Korea Ferry Disaster Can Be Seen From Space

The massive response to the deadly accident is so bright that it shines like a little city.

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To Go Green, Ikea Plans to Sell a Vegetarian Swedish 'Meatball'

They taste the same if you close your eyes.

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Do You Walk Enough?

This is an easy, passive way to find out.

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What Somalia's New Internet Looks Like From Silicon Valley

Until recently, the country's internet came exclusively through dial-up modems and satellite. Not anymore.

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A Bullseye in the Sky Over Texas

This is a thin glowing layer of Earth's atmosphere rippling in the wake of a huge thunderstorm.

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Why Your Neighbors Will Finance Solar Panels for Your Roof

A California start-up is letting anyone invest in loans to let homeowners go solar.

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Beijing's City Government Is Fighting Public Urination With an App

Released just ahead of the annual Great Wall Marathon, a new toilet-locating mobile phone app hopes to prevent the urine-soaked walls that blemished last year's event. 

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Will London Finally Get Serious About Air Pollution?

Britain's parliament is launching an official enquiry into recent heavy smog. 

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Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work in Cloudy Cities

Scientists have already developed technologies that are more effective in cloudy weather. Now they just have to prove it.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Are Finally Here

In the Netherlands, it's 500 meters of TRON.

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Why It's a Big Deal That Half of the Great Lakes Are Still Covered in Ice

What happens when it all melts? Read on. 

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This Trippy Video Shows a Man Biking Around His Own Mini Planet

It’s like The Little Prince, but on earth.