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What Firechat's Success in Hong Kong Means for a Global Internet

The app now connecting political protesters could soon connect people in the developing world.

Annual Review of Neuroscience

The 30-Year Quest to Find the Brain's Transit Center

Science has solved a centuries-old question: How does the mind process space?

University of Memphis Library

Americans Have Been Cursing at Automated Checkouts Since 1937

Self-checkouts feel like a product of the disconnected Internet age, but Clarence Saunders pushed them nearly 80 years ago.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Why Can't Austin Attract International Students?

One of America's rising tech hubs may suffer unless it draws more foreign students to its universities—and welcomes them into the larger culture.

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NYC's Smartphone-Tracking Phone Booths Do Not Mark the Data Privacy Apocalypse

When it comes to targeted advertising, there's much, much worse out there.

Shyp

Here's How NYC's New On-Demand Shipping App Could Actually Survive

Shyp carves out a legitimately new space in a crowded shipping industry. But to last, it may have to remain a little fish.

Postmates

The New, Improved Generation of Instant Delivery Services

This time around, they might actually work.

Dan Glass

A Complete Guide to the Future of U.S. Freight Movement

The future holds more and more stuff to be transported—and infrastructure will have to change drastically to accommodate our appetites.

Alexander Balchin

A Movable Skyscraper to Filter China's Nasty Air

This futuristic tower aims to use solar power to eliminate air pollution.

Climate Change Is Causing Dips in the Earth's Gravity

Satellites have picked up on vast gravitational shifts from melting Antarctic ice.

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What's Driving the Ello Invite Rush?

Serious #FOMO, among other things.

LA2050

Young L.A. Is the Real Winner of LA2050

Youth initiatives dominate the winners of the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, even as L.A.'s child population wanes.

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Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway

The road would eliminate truck emissions, and is being tested in a corridor that connects the port to downtown.

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Dan Marker-Moore

'Time Slicing' Cityscapes at Dusk

An L.A. photographer pieces time-lapsed collages of urban landscapes into remarkable photos.  

Melanie Leigh Wilbur

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti: We Will Be the First City to Do Autonomous Vehicles Right

He says Angelenos "might not own cars" in as soon as a decade.

Melanie Leigh Wilbur

The Sharing Economy Could Drive Down the Price of Mega-Events

'Invisible infrastructure' may already be cutting costs for things like the World Cup or the Olympic Games—not to mention natural disasters.

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Matt Satell

The High Art of Drone Photography

An amateur photographer uses his commercial drone to capture aerial views of Philadelphia.

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The 4 Transportation Systems You'll Meet in the Future

A new report offers a look at urban mobility circa 2030 that's both intriguing and frightening.