Illustration by John Petsel

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.

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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.  

Altaeros Energies

This Floating Wind Turbine Looks Like a Stubby Shark

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

Mike Segar / Reuters

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.

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

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.

REUTERS/Larry Downing

A 30-Year Plan for U.S. Transportation Summed Up by One Word: Choice

With Beyond Traffic, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx pivots U.S. policy away from cars and toward multimodal options.

Nir Elias/Reuters

In Defense of Waze, Which Doesn't Put Police in Danger

Officers are railing against the traffic app's cop-tracking alerts, demanding that Google stop the service to drivers.


A New Global Swarm of Weather-Sensing Satellites

Armed with tiny orbiting sensors, a startup plans to build the world's largest database of private weather data.

AP/Bebeto Matthews

On Airpnp, Supply and Demand Heads to the Bathroom

What a peer-to-peer, pay-to-pee service says about the lack of public restrooms in Western cities.

HERE Seattle

Yes, There Are Black Tech Workers in Seattle

It's not an industry or a city where black professionals have much visibility. But they're finding each other at HERE Seattle.

Brand Killer

'Brand Killer' Glasses Are Ad Blockers For Your Eyes

They blur out commercial logos like explicit material on the TV.

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Exploring the Doorways of 1970s New York

The New York Public Library's new interactive tool makes it easier than ever to peruse Roy Colmer's unique photo project.

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How Driverless Cars Could Make Traffic Dramatically Worse

A new simulation shows that comfortable rides can come with big congestion costs.


These Vibrating Bike Grips Promise 'Eyes-Free Navigation'

They buzz you left or right toward a destination (which may or may not turn out to be a brick wall).


Pittsburgh Residents Can Now Track Snow Plows in Real Time

The city is trying to be more transparent with its municipal operations.