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Nate Berg

The Sidewalk of the Future Is Not So Concrete

Cities are experimenting with different materials — from heated panels to flexible rubber — but the best replacement has yet to emerge.

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Fernando Barbella

Imagining the Future of Signage

"DON'T HONK YOUR HORN. ROBOT IN CHARGE WON'T REACT TO IT."

Kathleen McDermott

This Robotic Dress Fights for Your Personal Space

It expands like a balloon to drive unwanted creepsters away.

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Connected Cars Face One Big Problem: Staying Connected

Spotty coverage could hinder connected cars from achieving their full potential.

Alexis Madrigal

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.

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Climate Change Is Turning Your Produce Into Junk Food

Higher levels of atmospheric carbon make key staple crops less nutritious.

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That Amazing 'Solar Roadways' Project Has a Working Prototype

The inventors are looking for $1 million to keep testing technology they claim could power the United States three times over.

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Already Collapsing

Two separate studies confirm its loss is inevitable and will cause up to four meters of additional sea-level rise.

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China Is Reportedly Thinking About Building a Bullet Train That Reaches America

The project would include a 200-km tunnel under the Bering Strait and could cost over $200 billion.

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The Washington Monument Is Finally Reopening

Three years and $15 million later, the restored monument will be ready for visitors again this afternoon.

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Should the U.S. Be Harvesting More Energy From Nuts?

Turkey has plans to heat an entire town with pistachio shells. Why can't that happen in California? 

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Visualizing London's Evolution From Roman Times to Today

An animation built with georeferenced records of the city's historic road network.

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How an Influx of Space Travelers Could Transform One New Mexico Town

Whenever Sir Richard Branson's "spaceline" is finally ready for business (soon, he says), Truth or Consequences will be the first place to notice. 

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Crowdsourcing Crime Reporting in the World's Murder Capitals

On the problem-solving power of cell phones in Central America.

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Big in Oslo: A Reality Show About Celebrities Planning Their Funerals

Norwegian television has come up with yet another radical concept.

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An Acid-Spewing ATM That Protects Itself From Thieves

How scientists turned a beetle's unusual defense mechanism into technology.

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A Billboard That Purifies the Air Around It

Its creators claim it can do the work of 1,200 trees.