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Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped

America's collection of museums and libraries is actually super impressive when you look at it on a map.

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Could a 2,000-Year-Old Recipe for Cement Be Superior to Our Own?

In search of the secret to Ancient Roman construction.

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Could Bookless Libraries Revolutionize Access for the Poor?

They require less space, and they offer what under-served communities often really need -- internet access.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Pigeons Might Be Way Smarter Than We Give Them Credit For

They're good at manipulating touch screens to get food rewards, for instance.

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'Personal Climate Control,' Lasers, and the Wild Future of Thermostats

Why heat a whole building when infrared beams of warmth could follow us each around?

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Surprisingly Difficult Quiz of the Day: Steak House or Gay Bar?

A weirdly challenging game.

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Here's What Google Maps' Customization Might Mean in Practice

The new maps may eventually funnel us each into different experiences of the same neighborhood. Is that a bad thing?

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An App to Help You Prove the Beach You're Standing On Is Public

In L.A., private homeowners often erroneously believe the beach belongs to them.

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Let Me Recycle That For You. Please.

In Buenos Aires, thousands of informal workers are ready to take on the task of improving the city's trash woes, if only the government would let them.

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Lewis and Clark, Meet Foursquare

History's greatest journeys, now available in KML files.

This Is Why You Firmly Anchor Your Construction Crane

Time for a cigarette break out on my balcony – AGGH!

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How Waze Became the Hottest Map App Around

Why is the Israeli mobile GPS startup drawing acquisition prices as high as Instagram and Tumblr?

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Did a Well-Meaning Reality TV Show Help Reinvigorate Vancouver's Anti-Gentrification Movement?

The Downtown Eastside neighborhood had a rocky spring.

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Technology Alone Won't Save Poor Kids in Struggling Schools

Researchers gave hundreds of computers to California students who didn't have them at home. Nothing changed.

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Invention of the Day: Shoes That Generate Power From Your Steps

Soon there will be a windmill for your exhale, too.

Dramatic Photographs of Alaska's Erupting Volcano, as Seen From Space

Turns out, it's hard to get a good picture of an eruption, which makes these shots all the more remarkable.

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America's Fuel Source of the Future Could Be 'Pond Scum'

Rejoice, America: Researchers say the nation is equipped to produce "serious amounts" of algae biofuel.

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We're Only Beginning to Understand How Our Brains Make Maps

The smell of your neighborhood pizzeria and the feel of a cracked sidewalk may be more important than researchers previously believed.