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Teaching Driverless Cars to Fit Your Human Driving Style

After all, not everyone takes an off-ramp the same way.

Joe Raymond/AP

How Gary, Indiana, Got Serious About Tackling Blight

The mayor of Gary is determined to stop a tide of vacant, neglected buildings in her post-industrial city. Data-rich parcel mapping is the first step.

AP Paris/Jacques Brinon

The Eiffel Tower Is Now the Loveliest Electrical Generator in the World

It's all about visibility: If one of the most famous monuments in the world can use sustainable energy, why can't everything else?

Maps
New York Public Library Labs / Building Inspector

Help New York Build a Digital Time Machine

The New York Public Library needs a hand with its ambitious "Google Maps of yesteryears" project.

Flickr/zabowski

A Dreamy New Database for L.A. Architecture Nerds

15 years in the making, the most complete resource on L.A.'s historic built environment has just launched.

John Arnold

Why Did a Chinese Rocket Break Up Spectacularly Over America?

It had launched a scientific or military satellite, depending on which side you believe.

AP Photo/Ric Field

Forget FedEx and UPS—Waffle House It

The new epicenter of shipping.

Photo by Matthew T. Rader/Illustration by Mark Byrnes

Almost No Cities Own Their Names on Twitter

Cities need to get on-brand with their brands, because the situation is hilariously bad.

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Library of Congress

How San Francisco Proved to the World It Had Recovered From the 1906 Earthquake

100 years ago today, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition opened its doors.

Flickr/mkhmarketing

The Social Science Behind Online Shareablity

A number of surprising factors could make images go viral on different social media platforms.

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

This Tokyo Marathoner Will Wear a Tomato-Loaded Robo-Backpack

The wearable veggie-bot Tomatan will demonstrate how to fuel up on lycopene while on the go.

Maps
Courtesy of Humara Bachpan

Kids in India Are Sparking Urban Planning Changes by Mapping Slums

A new project aims to give young Indians a voice in the city-development process.

The Evening World, February 27, 1895, via Early Sports and Pop Culture History Blog

The L.A. Dodgers Are Named After Terrified Brooklyn Pedestrians

The history of the "Trolley Dodgers" reminds us city streets once belonged to people.

Merce Wouthuysen/Paul Timmer

This Beautiful Wood And Aluminum Bike Is Made in Part From 3D Printing

Not your average bike.

Videos

Every Year There's a New Viral Video of This Japanese Bike-Parking Robot

It's not hard to see why people love it so much, though.

Flickr/The Brit_2

For Cleaner Water, Just Add Beer

The city of Boulder is teaming up with a local beer maker to use brewing byproducts to treat wastewater.

Courtesy MARTA

A Hands-Free, Self-Cleaning Bathroom for Transit Stations

Has the "public restroom of the future" arrived in Atlanta?

Mark Byrnes

How Public Transit Agencies Deal with All Your Angry, Mean, and Terrible Tweets

Some cities ignore the abuse, but others have found success engaging it head on.