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The Rise and Fall and Eventual Rise Again of the 'Smart City'

A conversation with Smart Cities author Anthony Townsend.

Artwork by Dan Saunders

Get Ready for the Glowing Plants Craze

Soon, you'll be able to get one for your apartment. And in a couple of years, they could be used to light our streets.

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The One Thing Young Americans Won't Give Up

Hint: It's not cars.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Scientists May Have Decoded Your Social Circle

Researchers studying the shape of our social networks make some startling findings.

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5 Remote Sites We Can Now See, Thanks to China's Version of Google 'Street View'

China's most comprehensive on-the-ground photography yet.

And Now There's Facial Recognition for the People in Your Pupils

You know how sometimes you can see yourself in the eyes of another person? Others can see you, too.

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Tonight's Uber Surge Pricing Nightmare Doesn't Have to Happen Next New Year's Eve

2 ideas for the company's busiest times.

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Facebook Is Using Your Profile to Track Global Urban Migration Trends

Which cities attract the most people, and what kinds of communities are losing them.

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Most Americans Don't Realize Incandescent Light Bulbs Are About to Disappear

And many of those who do are planning to stock up on 40 and 60 watt bulbs.

Our Favorite Maps of 2013

These impressed us for both what they illustrated and how they did it.

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Wi-Fi Doesn't Just Enhance Amtrak — It May Actually Encourage New Riders

But merely providing the service isn't enough. It needs to work well, too.

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Will This Tiny Tool Stop Teens From Texting While Driving?

At the very least, it gives parents god-like knowledge of their teen's driving habits. 

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America's Fastest-Growing Crime Problem Barely Even Registers as 'Crime' for Most People

We seldom treat identity theft the way we do other crimes. 

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MIT Senseable City Lab

The Lingering Power of Geography Over How We Communicate

Even in an era of cheap, digital communication, most of us are still talking to our neighbors.

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The World's Newest Island, Niijima

Where there once was no land, now there is.

Most People Would Let a 'Smart Toilet' Share Their Personal Data

In a new survey, 70 percent said they would share personal information online if it lowered their healthcare costs.

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Cameron Beccario

A Trance-Inducing Simulation of All the Winds In the World

"Earth" relies on supercomputers to paint an almost real-time picture of the atmosphere's feverish churning.

An App for Making Friends on the Subway

Playdope connects people whose paths through the city overlap.