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Alan Mislove

Watch the Intricate Patterns of Global Infrastructure Emerge From Geocoded Tweets

It's a pretty impressive snapshot of the transportation networks of large stretches of the globe.

Bklynr

Interactive Map of the Day: The Age of Every Building in Brooklyn

Plotting the ages of every structure in the borough.

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Dinner Party of the Day: Avoid Tourist Traps, 'EatWith' Locals

A start-up has recruited hundreds of dinner party hosts across Europe and South America. It's coming to New York -- will it succeed?

EBay Now

The Insane Logistics of 'eBay Now'

The frontier of online retail keeps getting weirder.

Maps

A Lost Scottish Island, George Orwell, and the Future of Maps

A 141 square-mile island vanished from Google Maps, and the company has yet to restore it. What do glitches mean for little-known places?

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StreetCred

Manhunts Made Smarter

Could better software change how police departments find fugitives?

Reuters/Toru Hanai

Bots Are Battling for Restaurant Reservations in San Francisco

Table for two? It's on.

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Reuters

Death Toll Rises to 78 in Spanish Rail Disaster

Firefighters described a grisly scene that looked like "hell," with train cars torn in half and dozens trapped under burning wreckage.

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Public Space Improvement of the Day: Free WiFi for San Francisco's Parks

Google is donating $600,000 to the city, moving it one step closer to free internet for all.

Reuters

You Will Not Believe How Much You Can Carry With a Little Bit of Ingenuity

Amazing feats of DIY transport from around the world.

Contrailz

The Exquisite Geometry of Global Flight Paths

As revealed by a billion dots of color.

Next Economy
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Could You Run Your City on Oats?

What metros can learn from universities' efforts to go green.

Cell

Human Cells Have a Structure Shaped Like a Parking Garage

Scientists have finally visualized the endoplasmic reticulum, and it looks a place where we'd forget where we left our cars.

This Glasgow Demolition Could Also Be a Gnarly Music Video

You're not born to rock unless you can do it from the center of a choking cloud of demolition dust.

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Twitter Can Tell Whether Your Community Is Happy or Not

The results of a study of 82 million tweets from 1,300 counties.

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DDBSocialCreativity

Drunk-Driving Deterrent of the Day: Nightclub Urine Analysis

A Singapore nightclub developed a high-tech method of preventing drunk driving, and apparently it works.

Reuters

After 50 Years, Boston's Charles River Just Became Swimmable Again

It took $500 million and nearly two decades of work. Here's how the city did it.

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Department of Energy

Climate-Related Power Outages Aren't Just a Coastal Problem

A new Department of Energy mapping tool reveals that climate change has already contributed to blackouts and raised utility bills for many Americans.