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How Your Online Burrito Review Could Help Standardize Municipal Data

Yelp's effort to publish restaurant health safety inspections is just the second time cities have attempted to communicate valuable information in a common language.

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Patent of the Day: Google's Street View Walking Stick

For hiking trails and other locations beyond the reach of cars.

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'When It's Time to Make the Next Turn, the Left Side of Your Seat Will Buzz'

How "tactile displays" could help lead to less distracted driving and transform the way we navigate.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Don't Worry, Philadelphia Isn't Actually Bubbling With Radioactive Waste

At least, that's not what's going on in this widely circulated photo of a sinkhole filled with bright green ooze.

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Where You Live Actually Changes the Noises You Make

The science of why certain languages sound the way they do.

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One of the Most Disturbing Maps of Los Angeles You'll Ever See

A stark picture of the geographic relationship between the city's top polluters and its most vulnerable places.

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The Last Telegram Will Be Sent From India Sometime in July

The transformative technology will come to, yes, a FULL STOP.

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The Data Center Next Door

Can buildings full of machines make good neighbors?

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In the 8th Century, the Egyptian City of Thonis Fell Into the Sea

In the 21st, you can watch it being rediscovered on YouTube.

Robotic Storage Solution of the Day: Japan's Underground Bike Valet

Don't hold your breath to see one of these in the U.S.

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How Green Building Standards Can Actually Change People's Behavior

New research suggests LEED-ND projects can dramatically cut down on driving rates.

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This Bike Path Also Helps Prevent Flooded Sewers

A great example of how green infrastructure can be incorporated from the start in new street design.

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Let's Go Fly a Wind Turbine

Meet Google's new kite-like apparatus that can capture wind energy where it's most powerful.

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At Last, Sushi Served by Drones

A London fast food chain tests out its new robotic wait staff, to somewhat disastrous results.

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This Month's Other Crucial Privacy Debate: The Rocky Future of Arrestee DNA Collection

Three arguments for, against, and qualifying the recent Supreme Court ruling.

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A Signpost for the Digital Age

One design firm's remedy for the ubiquitous touch screen.

Almost Nobody Washes Their Hands Properly After Using the Bathroom

Also, Brazil deploys an energy-generating toilet and Britain scares the hell out of potential drunk drivers.

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An Instagram for Maps

Stamen reveals a radical, beautiful new tool.