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Could You Run Your City on Oats?

What metros can learn from universities' efforts to go green.

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Human Cells Have a Structure Shaped Like a Parking Garage

Scientists have finally visualized the endoplasmic reticulum, and it looks a place where we'd forget where we left our cars.

This Glasgow Demolition Could Also Be a Gnarly Music Video

You're not born to rock unless you can do it from the center of a choking cloud of demolition dust.

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Twitter Can Tell Whether Your Community Is Happy or Not

The results of a study of 82 million tweets from 1,300 counties.

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Drunk-Driving Deterrent of the Day: Nightclub Urine Analysis

A Singapore nightclub developed a high-tech method of preventing drunk driving, and apparently it works.

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After 50 Years, Boston's Charles River Just Became Swimmable Again

It took $500 million and nearly two decades of work. Here's how the city did it.

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Climate-Related Power Outages Aren't Just a Coastal Problem

A new Department of Energy mapping tool reveals that climate change has already contributed to blackouts and raised utility bills for many Americans.

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Want to Avoid Scotland's Pesky Insect Hordes? There's an App for That

With "Midge Forecast," Scots can safely navigate their way around clouds of teensy biting flies.

Demolition of the Day: Fort Lauderdale Really Loved This Exploded Power Plant

Locals who watched the Tuesday morning demolition of a oil-burning plant mourned the loss of its fetching, candy-cane-striped smokestacks.

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A Map That Shows When Any Street Aligns With the Sunset

Manhattanhenge for every New York City neighborhood.

A Beautiful, Bewitching Map of Portland's Aging Buildings

Justin Palmer takes a digital chainsaw to Portland and shows the world its rings.

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Photography Tool of the Day: A Throwable Panoramic Camera Ball

This tennis-sized ball can take cool pictures and help save lives.    

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The Most Sophisticated Flickr Maps We've Ever Seen

Telling encoded stories of politics, natural disasters and social movements.

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'Why Is Boston So Racist' and 50 Other City Stereotypes Revealed by Google Autocomplete

Austin is 'liberal,' Tampa is 'trashy,' and Buffalo is both 'cold' and 'depressing.'

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Yes, GIS Files Are Public Data, Too

California affirms that cities can't withhold digital mapping information.

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Animated Retrospectives of the Day: Watch Iconic Skylines Emerge Before Your Eyes

Corporate real estate data offer unexpectedly riveting views into the past. 

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Prepare to Waste Your Day With This Fascinating City Comparison Tool

Metros across the world don't speak the same language. But maps can.

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Vaguely Creepy Interactive Maps of the Day: Spying on Europe's Smart Cities

What would you do if you had access to all available centralized data?