Tech

A Lighting System That Imitates Daylight, Sun and Sky Included

An exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale demonstrates visionary technology that recreates the clear blue sky.

Uruguay's Hot New Crime App Is a Bit of a Hot Mess

Anyone can report an incident on CityCop, but it's not at all clear what that means. 

You Might Soon Be Able to Watch Netflix on Amtrak

Assuming the rail service's business proposal goes through.

Next Economy

Can Your Facebook Profile Help Determine Whether You Get a Mortgage?

It could if your lender is one of a growing number using innovative ways to assess customers' creditworthiness.

The Real Reason Apple Wants You to Talk to Your House

Apple's foray into "the Internet of Things" is less about the things, and more about the Internet.

How to Make Google-Glass Users Really Sad

Shut off their techno-goggles without them knowing how, or why.

Will Self-Driving Cars Have Road Rage?

Technically they could. But in a driverless world we probably won't want them to.

Videos

MIT's Newest Invention Fits All the Furniture You Need in One Closet-Sized Box

And you can control it all with voice and gesture commands.

CityFixer

A Better Way to Camouflage Eyesores

Researchers are developing algorithms that can generate "invisibility cloaks" for ugly objects like utility boxes.

Maps

The Economic Data Hidden in Nighttime Views of City Lights

Getting satellite luminosity data right could help us better understand what works and what doesn't in urban development.

Finding a Better Word for 'Autonomous Car'

A computer was once a human who computed; how long until "a driver" is a machine that drives?

Maps

On Google Maps, the Washington Monument Is a Sundial

And it moves to reflect the real position of the sun.

The Worst Holiday Weekend for Red-Light Running Is Here

Memorial Day weekend is a bad time to drive overall. 

Self-Driving Cars Will Hit California Roads (for Testing) This September

There must be a driver in the driver's seat during testing.

Videos

A Visual History of Satellites

The 'extended urbanization' of space. 

The Sidewalk of the Future Is Not So Concrete

Cities are experimenting with different materials — from heated panels to flexible rubber — but the best replacement has yet to emerge.

Photos

Imagining the Future of Signage

"DON'T HONK YOUR HORN. ROBOT IN CHARGE WON'T REACT TO IT."

This Robotic Dress Fights for Your Personal Space

It expands like a balloon to drive unwanted creepsters away.