Tech

Mysterious Found Footage Offers a Rare Glimpse of 1940s Chicago

One man's stellar garage sale find gives us a peek into the past.

Documenting Detroit by Drone

A local is finding ways to make money with his drones. Now he wants them to save lives too.

How Twitter Could Help Police Departments Predict Crime

The method recently worked in an experiment that analyzed Chicago crime, but privacy questions abound.

Seattle News Helicopter Crashes Near the Space Needle, Killing 2

The KOMO copter hit two cars and set off a series of explosions

Was the Los Angeles Earthquake Caused by Fracking?

The epicenter was just eight miles from a disposal well where oil and gas wastewater is being injected underground at high pressure.

In the Future, You Might Charge Your Cell Phone by Stroking It

New green-power technology transforms motions like walking and touching into potent jolts of energy.

Epic Google Street View Hack Turns Cities Into Apocalyptic Jungles

Experience it like an eerie video game.

This Video Brilliantly Captures Our Fear of Walking In Sync With Strangers

A dramatization of an unspoken sidewalk struggle.

The Microwave As a Murder Weapon: A Brief History

From 1982 to True Detective.

Notre Dame Cathedral Just Got an LED Makeover

Can one of the world's most famous historic churches hold up to modern-day lighting?

Which Sunny Destinations Do Americans Lust for Most When It's Cold?

Depends on where they live.

Where to Cry in New York City

Cities are a public weeper's dream.

Tracking Exactly How Much Air Pollution You're Exposed To

A fascinating new project maps the air quality fluctuations within a city.

Maps

Louisiana's Coastline Is Disappearing Too Quickly for Mappers to Keep Up

The challenges of surveying an intricate land mass that's losing 16 square miles a year.

Planes, Delivered By Trains

Watching Boeing 737s pass via rail is part of daily life in Renton, Washington.

A World of Water, Seen From Space

Space agencies across the planet launch the most ambitious plan yet to understand how the world's water works.

A Stealthy Gadget That Gives Clunky Bike-Share Bikes a Turbo Boost

You can reach 18 mph by barely pedaling.

Photos

How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps

In Street View mashups, we see not just clever Photoshopping, but two cultures' ways of seeing a place.