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Why Firefighters Fear Solar Power

A 300,000 square foot warehouse burned down, and the local fire department says solar panels are partly to blame. 

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Cars of the Future Could Run on Viscous 'Coffee Oil'

Researchers have extracted a substance from coffee grounds that they claim is cheaper and cleaner than diesel fuel.

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50 Years After Its Discovery, Acid Rain Has Lessons for Climate Change

If researchers want to study the connection between environmental disaster and popular concern, acid rain would be a good place to start.

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One Map, A World of Temperatures

Microclimates and macroclimates, blended together in a gorgeous app.

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Mapping the 'Geography' of the Internet

The Internet isn't a place where everyone shouts at each other. It's a collection of lots of small places where people are chatting among themselves.

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China's Newest Market Opportunity: Pollution Control

DIY entrepreneurs have developed ingenious—and affordable—products to satisfy the public's insatiable demand for pure air.

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A Succinct History of 220 Years of U.S. Population Growth, in 52 Seconds

An animation of western expansion.

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These Spell-Binding Visualizations Map British Cities by Density

An interactive platform for urban data geeks or anyone who just wants to look at something pretty.

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Meet the Next-Generation Bus

Imagine: instead of stopping for gas, a bus that could recharge while at a red light.

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Monitoring the Spreading Radiation From Fukushima, in Real Time

A searchable map for the country updates every ten minutes with data from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

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How Biofuel Technology Turned Restaurant Grease Into Gold

As its value has risen, a growing class of criminals are focusing on stealing and selling used cooking oil.

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Twitter Knows Which Parts of New York City Smell Bad

And other glimpses of the mood of the city.

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Enough Already With the Avoid-The-Ghetto Apps

A bad idea that won't go away.

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Fly Along With NASA's Cloud Hunters

Climb aboard NASA's biggest flying laboratory to discover the climate change secrets of clouds.

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Let's Make Old Payphones Into Electric Car Chargers

It would address a major barrier to the use of EVs in big cities.

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The Most Popular Entries in a New 'Cop Slang' App Are Predictably Filthy

The user-generated dictionary wants to introduce you to how police officers actually talk to each other.

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How Lasers Will Give the U.S. East Coast Precise New Post-Sandy Maps

The survey will kickoff the most revolutionary American mapping project in a century.

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Finally, an Exercise App Built for Lazy People

Moves tracks daily walking, bike riding, running without any input from the user at all.

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NASA's Satellites Are Watching the Rim Fire Creep Into Yosemite

Nighttime images show the gradual spread of the tremendous wildfire, which is burning brighter than the city lights of Reno.