Tech

How Public Transit Agencies Deal with All Your Angry, Mean, and Terrible Tweets

Some cities ignore the abuse, but others have found success engaging it head on.

Want Your City to Thrive? Look to Its Trees

Communities like Culver City, California, are focusing on urban forest plans to help protect a major economic and environmental asset: the tree canopy.

Videos

Rio de Janeiro, in Fantastically High Definition

The Brazilian city like you've never seen it. Really.

Microsoft Is Betting That Bluetooth Will Change the Lives of the Visually Impaired

The concept is simple, but rolling out the technology would take a major effort.

Navigator

Dating Online? No Selfies, and Stop Talking About Yourself

New research reveals some unorthodox tips for setting yourself apart on dating apps and sites.

What Should Boston Do With All That Snow?

Desperate for snow-disposal solutions, Boston has asked the public for ideas. Scientists weigh in on the most responsible options.

Exploring California's 12,000 Parks With Open Data

A just-launched app uses Instagram and Twitter to show younger users that their friends are already out at state parks, having a blast.

CityFixer

The Incredibly Simple Fantasy Bus Route Tool Even the Pros Love

Transitmix has gone from amateur sensation to agency consideration.

Who Should See Recordings From Police Bodycams?

The dilemma with letting cops choose what to turn over—or releasing everything they see.

In-Between a Bike and a Car

The makers of the ELF believe their enclosed, three-wheeled, low-carbon vehicle is the perfect transportation compromise.

What Scientists Are Learning From Video Game-Playing Pigeons

The birds can learn to classify and "name" a range of objects from city life.

An Infographic Power Ranking of California's Start-Up Cities

Two MIT social scientists have developed a better way of mapping entrepreneurial quality.

Seattle Now Has a Pot Vending Machine

The machine is the result not just of changing laws, but of technological progress.

Only 21 Percent of U.S. City Planning Departments Offer Online Permitting

That's just one of the findings of a recent survey of technology adoption in local government.  

This Floating Wind Turbine Looks Like a Stubby Shark

Its inventors say it can reach more powerful winds than boring, land-based turbines.

The Tragic Metro-North Crash Will Raise New Safety Questions for New York's Commuter Train

Early reports say seven were killed in the deadliest crash in the railroad's history.

Google Wants to Teach You How to Say Place Names Like a Local

It's not "Lie-cester Square."

The Beginning of the Driverless Taxi Wars?

There are signs Uber and Google could become "ferocious competitors" instead of allies.