Tech

How the U.S. Corn Belt Is Helping Us Understand Climate Change

The large swath of corn running through the United States "boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth," says NASA.

Every U.S. County's Favorite Baseball Team (According to Facebook)

Hating the Yankees is almost as universal as 'liking' them.

Maps

Find Secret Public-Sleeping Dens With 'Google Naps'

Finally, a crowdsourcing effort aimed at reducing productivity.

To Prevent Crime, Walk the Dog on At-Risk Blocks

The LAPD plans to release maps showing where future crime is most likely to happen, in hopes that residents will help stop it.

Apple's New Texting Idea Means You'll Never Have to Look Up from Your Phone Again

Goodbye eye contact.

Rio's Relentless Beach Pollution

Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

No, Wikipedia, the World Is Not Overrun With Sewer Rats

Debunking the total-world-domination myth of the common rat.

Venice's Case for Independence

Europe's latest secessionist movement wants to revive the Most Serene Republic of old.

A One-of-a-Kind Kayak Painstakingly Assembled from 28 3D-Printed Blocks

Building a boat, Minecraft-style.  

How Dangerous Are the Gas Pipes Under Your City?

America's aging gas network is big and getting bigger. Why that could be bad for you and the climate.

The 'Antisocial Network' App for Misanthropes and Loners

Find out the locations of all the people you direly want to avoid.

A 26-Story History of San Francisco

What Yelp's new headquarters, the recently renovated landmark 140 New Montgomery, could teach the city's tech scene.

Mysterious Found Footage Offers a Rare Glimpse of 1940s Chicago

One man's stellar garage sale find gives us a peek into the past.

Documenting Detroit by Drone

A local is finding ways to make money with his drones. Now he wants them to save lives too.

How Twitter Could Help Police Departments Predict Crime

The method recently worked in an experiment that analyzed Chicago crime, but privacy questions abound.

Seattle News Helicopter Crashes Near the Space Needle, Killing 2

The KOMO copter hit two cars and set off a series of explosions

Was the Los Angeles Earthquake Caused by Fracking?

The epicenter was just eight miles from a disposal well where oil and gas wastewater is being injected underground at high pressure.

In the Future, You Might Charge Your Cell Phone by Stroking It

New green-power technology transforms motions like walking and touching into potent jolts of energy.