Tech

Maps

All of Seattle's Development Projects in One Map

An interactive tool just released by the city is a step toward transparency as building continues to boom.

This Fake Town Built for Self-Driving Cars Is Now Open

University of Michigan’s Mcity is a 32-acre vehicle-testing lab.

Sydney Declutters Parking Signs With E-Ink

The solar-powered signs post different restrictions based on the time of day.

Yes, Rats Are Being Trained to Sniff Out Land Mines

All they’re asking for in return are some treats and a bit of love.

The Privatization of Public Utilities Has One Major Upside

When it comes to complying with important health regulations, private companies far outperform the public sector.

How Libraries Can Compete With Google and Amazon

The one population that libraries can serve better than anyone else is low-income Americans.

Meet WNYC's Newest Reporter: This Old Pay Phone

It’s asking New Yorkers, “What does Eric Garner mean to you?”

Videos

In Vivid Animation, the Shapes and Sounds of Planet Earth

Crop fields are computer chips and rivers are lightning bolts in this new short film.

Why Police Can't Be Trusted to Decide If Video Should Be Public

The killing of an unarmed man in Gardena, California, and the weak rationale for suppressing dashboard cam footage of the encounter.

Seattle Plants Street Trees in a Substance Made of Car Tires

It’s reportedly easier to maintain than soil and mulch.

Videos

Watch Chicago's Marina City Emerge From the Ground Up

Fifty years ago, the iconic corn-cob-shaped cement towers were a symbol of optimism for the city. Today, they are close to being designated historic landmarks.

CityFixer

Why Tap-and-Go Transit Fares Are Kind of a Big Deal

Lower costs, ridership barriers, and passenger congestion are among the possible benefits.

Bringing Broadband to Kids Who Really Need It

A White House initiative to bring broadband to low-income students could help free up community-based services everywhere.

Art That 'Infests' Natural Spaces With Invasive, Man-Made Species

A Prague-based artist composes sculpture that examines how urban technology spreads like its own life form.

Poor Customers Pay the Price for America's Crumbling Water Infrastructure

Overwhelmed by dilapidated pipes, more cities are privatizing their water systems. But is anyone winning besides corporations?

Videos

A Trippy Visualization of 24 Hours of Flights Over London

Watch more than 3,000 flights compete for space on only six runways.

Navigator

New York City Is Turning Smart Garbage Bins Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

Solar-powered Bigbellies offer enough bandwidth to power a startup.

It's About to Get Easier For California Farmers to Conserve Water—And Sell It

One startup wants to fix California’s water market. But shouldn’t the state be doing more?