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Berlin's Wildly Fantastic 1,400-Foot-High, Hydra-Headed Windmill

Let's take a look back at the ambitious 1930s plan to erect this monstrosity over the city.

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The App That Turns Tourists Into Locals

Urban Buddy helps travelers draw wisdom from veteran city residents in real-time.

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Mystery Lung Fungus: Are You at Risk?

Valley fever is hard to diagnose, even harder to treat, and potentially fatal—and the number of cases is rising dramatically.

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What if the Rest of the World Used as Much Air Conditioning as Americans?

U.S. households use more energy for A/C than the rest of the world combined. But that's changing, fast.

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Can Twitter Predict Where You'll Get Food Poisoning?

A new system tracks food illness by parsing mountains of geo-tagged data.

London Will Not Use Its Recycle Bins to Spy on You After All

The city canceled its plans to use its trash cans to track people as they walked by with their smartphones.

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You May Never Need to Pay Cash at a Tollbooth Again

Since the emergence of E-Z Pass twenty years ago, toll passes have remained largely a regional game. Not for long.

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Hunting the Elusive Red Lightning Above Oklahoma City

Jason Ahrns searches at night for huge, mysterious eruptions of sparks that appear high over thunderstorms.

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How Missile Detection Technology Can Help Us Predict Floods

A new radar system can show us exactly how much rain is falling in a given spot.

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Figure Out If That IKEA Couch Matches Your Rug Before You Drag It Home

The furniture giant's 2014 catalog lets shoppers "place" virtual furniture around their homes. That idea was prophesied in 1999's Fight Club.

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Watch This Adorable Robot Scoot Down Utility Lines Searching for Damage

Meet the "SkySweeper."

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Why Home-Cooking From Total Strangers May Be the Future of Food

The sharing economy moves into a new niche: dinner. Will queasy eaters and regulators buy in?

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The Cars of the Future Will Come With Advertising

Drive by that Taco Bell every day? Maybe you want to try a Doritos Loco taco.

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How a Glob of Fat the Size of a School Bus Got Stuck in the London Sewers

Blame the wet wipes.

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San Francisco Has Needed This for a Long Time: a 'Hill Mapper'

Rejoice, Bay Area residents: There's now a high-tech way to plot a course around the city's ridiculously steep hills.

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This Amazing New Map Charts 'Moments,' Rather Than Places

With the new Hi app, users can submit stories or pictures of any spot.

Chronicling the Seamier Side of Europe's Hottest Cities

A spate of new blogs seek out the underbelly of Paris, London and Berlin.

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Sorry New York and L.A. (and Other Cities), No More CBS (or Showtime) for a While

Time Warner and CBS are locked in a dispute over transmission fees.

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Fun Fact of the Day: 3:05 p.m. Is Miami's Official Coffee Break

It's a celebration of cafecito, Cuban culture, and the city's area code.