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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.

NYCHenge.com

A Map That Shows When Any Street Aligns With the Sunset

Manhattanhenge for every New York City neighborhood.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

A Beautiful, Bewitching Map of Portland's Aging Buildings

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

Serveball

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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Luminous Cities

The Most Sophisticated Flickr Maps We've Ever Seen

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

Flickr user Lee Johnson/Mark Byrnes

'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.'

Shutterstock

Yes, GIS Files Are Public Data, Too

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

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Cube Cities/YouTube

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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UrbanObservatory

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?

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Streaming Fake Ambient Coffee Shop Noise Is Big in Seoul

Coffitivity lets you listen to the supposedly creativity-boosting buzz of the local coffee haunt in your home or office.

Flickr/Andrew Eland

Are Civic Hackathons Stupid?

An argument against the popular (and unpaid) app design contests.

Reuters

How Facebook Single-Handedly Made Silicon Valley Richer Than Manhattan

The average weekly wage in San Mateo County increased 107.3 percent, thanks to a little IPO that happened in May 2012.

Micha Rosenwirth/Shutterstock.com

Anti-Social Tool of the Day: A Map for People Who Hate People

Presuming your friends use Foursquare, of course.

mydotnyc.com

Line Up Now for Your .NYC Domain Names

Prepare for the (online) land grab.

YouTube

Allow This 1960s Folk Sextet to Sell You on the Virtues of the ZIP Code

The mailing system was born 50 years ago this week. Here's how the Post Office sold it to the country.

Maps
Courtesy of Twitter

Social Media Map of the Day: Tweets by 'Hood, Rendered Topographically

Where people Tweet in San Francisco, New York City, and Istanbul.