Tech

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.

Maps
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.

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The End of Car Chases?

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

When Cameras Took Pictures of Ghosts

When photography was new, people used it to suggest the endurance of the departed.

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The Next Big Traffic Safety Debate: Google Glass

A San Diego woman recently got a ticket for driving with them on. This is only the beginning.

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Dear City, Here's Why I Hate You

An online project collects people's complaints about their burg in more than 80 locations.

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This Exposé of China's 'Gutter Oil' Black Market Will Churn Your Stomach

Some street food vendors are still using cooking oil made from garbage. 

UBER

For $20, Uber Will Bring You a Live Kitten and Let You Pet It for 15 Minutes

Disturbing concept, or most brilliant marketing ploy ever? 

Philadelphia Has the Slowest 4G Mobile Broadband in America

Blame Sprint.

World View Enterprises

A 'Discount' Option for Space Travel?

World View Enterprises brags about its "affordable" $75,000, 2-hour trip 19 miles above the Earth's surface.

AP

Criminalizing Cyber Bullying Could Ruin More Lives Than It'll Save

Outlawing bullying would have far-reaching implications for children and families. 

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob."

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Global Warming Is Spreading Venomous Spiders All Over the U.K.

This exemplifies how humans are distorting the ecosystem.

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The Geographic Distribution of China's Last Names, in Maps

Despite its massive population, China's list of common last names is very small. Here's where people with these names are.

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Yes, the Internet Is Taking Up Time You Used To Spend With Actual People

Fresh data for the debate on social capital in the digital era.

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#DrownYourTown: What Happens When Twitter Users Get On-Demand Apocalyptic Sea Level Rise Maps

Austin, St. Louis ... the Great Wall of China?