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Why London's National Gallery Has Surrendered to Selfies

The august institution hopes visitors will contemplate its world-class art collection, but realizes many people would rather just take photos of themselves in front of it.

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Why Can't the United States Build a High-Speed Rail System?

The problem isn't geography, demographics, or money—it's federal will.

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The 'Bloomberg Terminal for Fashion' Reveals What Consumers Want—Now

Big data has turned "fashion forecasting" from an art into a science. Is that a good thing? 

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Your Tech Peak Is in Your Mid-Teens, and It’s All Downhill From There

Think you’re a tech guru in the working world? Think again.

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The Real Reason You Can't Text 911

Major cell-phones companies are equipped to let callers text emergency call centers, but most states aren’t.

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The Hardest Video Game in History Is About Street Art

To thoroughly win, you'll need to actually go visit every continent. 

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People Just Won't Give Up on Awful Neighborhood Apps

SketchFactor is the latest in a series of user-experience-driven mapping apps with the distinct smack of genteel paranoia. 

Californians Will Have to Get Comfortable With Purified 'Toilet-to-Tap' Water

The golden state's historic drought is forcing residents to reconsider the "yuck factor" of wastewater re-use.

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Cigarette Butts: Fodder for the Future's Green Tech?

Korean researchers may have uncovered an innovative use for tar-stained filters.

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Too Lazy to Unlock Your Phone? Try This 'Digital Tattoo'

Press your phone against this creepy skin patch instead of fumbling with that pesky code.

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3D Editing of 2D Photos. Yeah, It's Possible

Computer engineers have created software that could make it impossible to tell if photos are real. 

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Happy 100th Birthday to the World's First Patented Electric Traffic Light

A design based on James Hoge's creation debuted in Cleveland on August 5, 1914.

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'Ubiquitous As Pigeons': Imagining Life in the City of Drones

An online installation asks us to accept an all-but-certain future of drones in cities, and to rethink our relationship to them.

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How Cities in India Are Preventing Prenatal Deaths With Mobile Technology

With a solar-powered diagnostic "slate," health workers can conduct tests, provide treatment, and instantly send information to doctors—even in remote areas without electricity. 

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This App Generates Hidden-Message Orbs Your Friends Must Physically Locate

Designed by brain scientists, "Traces" seeks to make messaging more meaningful.

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Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers Apple's iCloud

Apple has a wide-ranging plan to keep its ever-expanding empire green—but it has a few holes.

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What Do We Do With Old Public Payphones?

Resurrecting cities' phone-booth systems with Wi-Fi hotspots, tiny art galleries, and more.

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The View From Your Window Is Worth Cash to This Company

New York-based Placemeter is turning disused smartphones into big data.