Tech

Dyrhoff

One Climate Change Era Growth Industry: Giant Sewer Balloons

In a race to meet EPA guidelines, U.S. cities have installed dozens of these devices over the past decade.

Maps
Leetaru et al.

How Twitter Is Changing the Geography of Communication

New research suggests that location plays a smaller role now in who we talk to and what we talk about.

Project Remote

A Scientific Search for the Most Remote Places in the United States

One couple set out to visit the exact spot in each state that's farthest from a city or town.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Videos

Let a Robot Mix You a Drink at Google I/O

This new robo-bartender that's slinging rounds in San Francisco is just great.

Videos
Motorrad

Pimped Ride of the Day: A Motorcycle With a Jet Engine

This is sweet.

Crowdsourcing a City's Quiet Corners

A new app called Stereopublic is your guide to urban silence.

Photos

Photographing Tokyo's Coolest Escalators

Miha Tamura captures the extraordinary side of this everyday ride.

Announcing the 3 Finalists in the 2013 AppMyCity! Prize

The international mobile application contest from the New Cities Foundation.

Courtesy of Floating Sheep

Where Americans Tweet Messages of Hate

Clear and distressing pockets of hate speech.

Pettisville School District

Powering Ohio Schools With Wind Energy

Building wind turbines isn’t cheap. But it will mean about $100,000 in energy savings each year for two small towns.

(Disney/Marvel Studios)

Genius 'Iron Man 3' PR Tie-In of the Day: Chattanooga Wants to Remind You Its Internet Is Awesome

Just in case you weren't sure.

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Wikipedia Recent Changes Map

A Live Map of the Manic Ways People Edit Wikipedia

The map offers a nifty live survey of people's utterly random interests (or perceived areas of expertise).

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Google

A Terrifying, Fascinating Timelapse of 30 Years of Human Impact on Earth

A new interactive project from Google, NASA and the US Geological Survey.

Maps

Why Historical Maps Still Matter So Much, Even Today

Mega-collector David Rumsey explains how maps are an "archive of information."

Shutterstock

How Much Do Automated License Plate Readers Know About You?

Civil liberties advocates argue that it may be too much.

Maps

Everybody Already Hates the Google Maps Redesign

And they aren't even coming out until next week.

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OSM

This Cutting-Edge Map Tool Turns Anyone Into a Cartographer

OpenStreetMap debuts a new map editor that will close the gap between grassroots mapping and its giant industry rivals.

Reuters

How Cash-Strapped Cities Will Handle Terrorism

At New York Ideas, Ray Kelly says we should be prepared for more cameras — and smarter cameras.