Tech

NASA

Looking Down From Space at Shanghai's Awful Heat Island

As China suffers through its hottest summer on record, an immense and deadly bubble of heat builds above Shanghai.

Tenon

Mayor Bloomberg Wants to Fingerprint Public Housing Residents

What could possibly go wrong?

Lenco Armored Vehicles

Concord Stops Its Police Chief From Buying a Ridiculous Military Vehicle

The police department in New Hampshire wants an armored personnel carrier. Residents don't. 

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Severe Heat Waves Will Scorch Us Until At Least 2040, Say Climatologists

This generation is doomed to more frequent and extreme heat waves, but researchers say the next one can benefit if we act on emissions now.

The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build a Subterranean Ice Wall Around the Fukushima Plant

Believe it or not, it's what Japan is planning to do to prevent further contamination. Can it really be done?

Maps

Visual Proof That Geographic Data Really Should Be Free

New York City and California have begun to offer up their GIS files to anyone who wants them, and early results are amazing.

Modern Mechanix

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.

Shutterstock

The App That Turns Tourists Into Locals

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

Videos

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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Reuters

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.

Adam Sadilek

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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Jason Ahrns / Flickr

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.

Videos

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.

Videos
Nick Morozovsky

Watch This Adorable Robot Scoot Down Utility Lines Searching for Damage

Meet the "SkySweeper."

Mealku

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?

Reuters

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.