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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.

Reuters

Ethiopia's New Nile Dam Could Destroy Egypt's Way of Life

The massive new project threatens to leave much of Egypt without water.

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Hungry? Here's a Map of Every Urban Plant You Can Snack On

Cataloging the fruits, nuts, and herbs hidden in the sidewalk foliage.

Ambitious Crowdfunding Goal of the Day: $2 Million for the Cardboard Bicycle

This world-changing invention is more expensive than we remembered.

Videos
NOAA

Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.

Nike Football/MiPista

Awesome Impromptu Soccer Field of the Day: One Made of Lasers

Here's one way to activate public space at night.

Pauline van Dongen/Vimeo

Say Hello to Solar-Paneled Clothing That Charges Your Phone

This "Wearable Solar" clothing allegedly can restore half of a phone's power when worn in bright sunlight.

Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Bizarre Optical Illusion of the Day: Tram Riders Believe Buildings Are Falling Down

Even when they know they're not.

Plan in a Box

8 Clever Ideas for Making Government Work Better With Data

Easy-to-use tools to cut through bureaucratic red tape, via the Knight News Challenge.

Becky Stern/Adafruit

A Helmet That Automatically Steers You to the Nearest Bike-Share Station

New Yorkers can mount this thing on their heads and never worry about finding a Citi Bike dock again.

flickr/Rollofunk

Get Ready to Use Your iPad For the Whole Flight (Just Not Your Cell Phone)

Soon, the FAA will let you use your iPad even during takeoffs and landings.

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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.

YCBA

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

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

Lynette Jones

'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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Steven Reitz

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.