Tech

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.

Maps

The Most Revealing Broadband Adoption Maps We've Ever Seen

In the era of Google Fiber, there's more reason than ever to confront America's digital divide.

To 3D Print Coney Island

One artist is recreating a 100-year-old amusement park with very new technology.

Meet New York's Newly Famous Public Library Crusader

Matthew Zadrozny shared his concerns about the NYPL's renovation with the Humans of New York blog. The post quickly went viral.

This Ingenious Subway Ad Activates When the Train Arrives

Hair-raising.

There's a Good Reason Not to Ban Google Glass in Cars Yet

We just don't know enough about how drivers will use them, or even what the vehicles of the future will look like.

A New Tool in the Fight Against Hurricanes: Wind Farms?

Tens of thousands of wind turbines could dampen monster hurricanes into plain old bad storms, claim researchers.

A San Francisco Woman Claims She Was Attacked for Wearing Google Glass

The latest in the ongoing anti-tech Bay Area class war.

Maps

There Are More Wikipedia Articles About This One Small Part of the World Than the Rest of It Combined

The uneven geography of digital information.

Your Local TV News Station Would Like to Buy a Drone

A recent case in Connecticut is testing whether remote-controlled reporting could one day be a real option.

Videos

The Future of Mapping Is Inside Your Home and Office

According to Google.

A Plan to Fix Baltimore's Speed Cameras By Reversing the Incentives

A lesson in bad government contracting.

In Sochi, Open Source Maps Beat Google's

The "Wikipedia of maps," OpenStreetMap, has bested the corporate giant.

A Hilarious Study of Selfie Photos in 5 Cities Around the World

Yes, there are regional differences to the form, and the expressions captured in them.

The Evolution of the Area Code

Long-distance digits long ago shed their monetary worth, but they gained something else in its place: cultural value.

Can a Twitter Bot Capture Chicago's Essence?

Chicago is ugly. Chicago is real. Chicago is a place of magic and mystery.