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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.

Connected Cars Face One Big Problem: Staying Connected

Spotty coverage could hinder connected cars from achieving their full potential.

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.

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Climate Change Is Turning Your Produce Into Junk Food

Higher levels of atmospheric carbon make key staple crops less nutritious.

That Amazing 'Solar Roadways' Project Has a Working Prototype

The inventors are looking for $1 million to keep testing technology they claim could power the United States three times over.

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Already Collapsing

Two separate studies confirm its loss is inevitable and will cause up to four meters of additional sea-level rise.

China Is Reportedly Thinking About Building a Bullet Train That Reaches America

The project would include a 200-km tunnel under the Bering Strait and could cost over $200 billion.