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ShotSpotter Has Started Marketing Itself to Schools

The gunshot detection company is just the latest to enter the potentially lucrative U.S. school shooting protection market.

Reuters

The Absurd Beauty of Creating Musical Turnstiles in NYC's Subway

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy has a plan to give New Yorkers "one little gift of kindness."

Reuters

A Greener Motorized Rickshaw?

This could be the next ride for the emerging market poor.

Reuters

How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross Save Lives in the Philippines

Volunteers across the world are building the digital infrastructure for the organization's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.

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Oh F---! Here's Where People Around the World Are Cursing

A fun new map shows that America rules supreme when it comes to Twitter profanity.

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Someone in Philly Is Using Instagram to Intimidate Witnesses

The "stop snitching" movement meets social media. 

NOAA

Super Typhoon Haiyan: The Most Powerful Cyclone in History?

The monster storm hitting the Philippines is causing all kinds of nasty damage.

ABVH

The Best of Banksy's NYC Tour, Animated in One Hypnotizing GIF

See static stencils come to life. 

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How Flickr Predicted Hurricane Sandy's Landfall

An amazing comparison of social media meta-data, in two charts.

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NOAA

The Climate Mapping Tool You've Been Waiting For

Meet the data treasure trove known as "NOAA View."

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An Amazing Drones-Eye View of the New York Public Library

See the famed building at new heights.

St.Martin's Press

A Bucket List for the Entire World

Artist Candy Chang posted blackboards for people to write out what they want to do "before they die." The project became an international hit.

REUTERS

Intense Smog Is Making Beijing's Massive Surveillance Network Practically Useless

Pollution defeats the surveillance state. 

San Francisco Is Rolling Out High-Tech Playgrounds for Adults

The city is partnering with private techie groups to fund these science-themed transformations of public space.

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Clement Valla

Maps Never Meant for Human Eyes

This is what a 3D map looks like when compressed into 2D form, as only computers can read it.

Open records

A Mugshot Profiteer Attempts to Defend the Business Model

Mugshots.com wants you to believe that it's a good thing to make people pay money to have their mugshots taken down. (Spoiler: It's not a very convincing argument).

The World's Greenest Jail?

Plunging prices for solar panels and generous subsidies for fuel cells are prompting companies, universities, and public facilities to go green.

AP

The End of Car Chases?

The technology is being tested, but legal hurdles still need to be worked out.