Tech

How San Francisco Is Designing Its Metro Train of the Future

BART cars are about to get their first real overhaul since the system launched in 1972.

The New Alchemy: How Self-Healing Materials Could Change the World

Scientists are cooking up asphalt, concrete, and metals that heal themselves. That means smarter and stronger infrastructure—and just a dash of magic.

An Urban Lab Helps Cities Switching to LED to See the Light

Cities considering a move to LED street lamps can see them in action at the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab.

You Now Have a Legal Right to Write Bad Yelp Reviews in California

California businesses will now face penalties if they try to fine customers for negative comments.

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

How the worst apple took over the United States, and continues to spread

The Rise of Real Estate Tech

Another feather in New York’s cap: It's home to the nascent high-tech real estate industry.

The Traffic Lights of Tomorrow Will Actively Manage Congestion

The humble traffic signal is gaining some new responsibilities.

Scientists Discover Dozens of Monuments Hidden Below Stonehenge

This field of ancient stones may be more complex than initially believed.

A Major Accounting Firm Just Ran the Numbers on Climate Change

We're 20 years away from catastrophe, says PricewaterhouseCoopers.

What Happens When Schools Can't Get Online?

About 70 percent of America's elementary schools still rely on slow internet connections. But in rural areas, the challenges—and costs—make getting broadband particularly complicated.

Charting Which Days We Feel Bad

Wednesdays are for anxiety. Suicidal thoughts peak on Sundays. Can a new trove of data help us find better ways to well-being?

CityFixer

It's Getting Harder to Dismiss the Thames as That 'Dirty Old River'

Several new efforts to clean up London's long-polluted waterway appear to be working. One day soon, you might even be able to take a slime-free swim.

Rethinking the Urban Cemetery

The future of burial might be interactive—or it might be eco-compostable.

With Vastly Lower Costs, Mid-Size Cities Give the Hard Sell to Start-Ups

Affordability and public support is helping a handful of Southern U.S. cities seem more attractive to entrepreneurs. But can it last?

Maps

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'

Navigation apps are transforming the way we experience urban environments, for better and for worse.

Maps

The Geography of NFL Fandom

The Patriots really do rule New England, and the Cowboys might just be America's team. But after that, things get complicated.

What Can We Learn From the Wealth of Virtual Nations?

Economists look to massively multi-player online games for insight into real-world money questions. 

CityFixer

A Dublin-Based Startup Hopes to Make Tracking Changes in Your Neighborhood a Whole Lot Easier

BuildingEye thinks finding info on construction and development plans should be as simple as a web search.