A Hilarious Study of Selfie Photos in 5 Cities Around the World

Yes, there are regional differences to the form, and the expressions captured in them.

The Evolution of the Area Code

Long-distance digits long ago shed their monetary worth, but they gained something else in its place: cultural value.

Can a Twitter Bot Capture Chicago's Essence?

Chicago is ugly. Chicago is real. Chicago is a place of magic and mystery.


Why Vancouver Has Crack Pipe Vending Machines

It's part of an effort to provide safe and cheap alternatives for addicts.

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What New York's Social Network Might Look Like If We Could Actually See It

A wild experiment in 3D data visualization.

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Remote Control Snowplows: The New Winter Luxury?

Clear the sidewalks from the comfort of your toasty home.


Amid Brazil's Stadium Boom, a Massive Water Infrastructure Project Drags On

The diversion plan has doubled in cost and remains years away from completion.

'Selfies With Homeless People'

Today in selfie sadness: images that treat sleeping humans as architecture.

What Google Autocomplete Thinks of the 'Poor,' 'Violent' Americas

Putting North and South American nations through Google produces some interesting results.


Paris's Abandoned Métro Stations, Reimagined as Theaters and Pools

Ideas for putting the city's "ghost stations" to good use. 


Mapping Where People Run

These graphics chart the most popular routes in 22 cities.

This Smart, Self-Locking Purse Tries to Cure Shopaholics

The iBag also supposedly will snitch to all your friends if you start spending too much.

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Should Cities Help Drivers Hit Green Lights All the Time?

The next generation of traffic signal technologies aim to take the guesswork out of intersections.


This One Satellite Video Shows All the Weather of 2013

The year's major weather events are all crammed into eight minutes of entrancing footage.


Japan's Drivers Must Obey Creepy Traffic Robots

Entering a construction zone in Tokyo can involve interactions with waving, dead-eyed humanoids.


The Databases That Facial-Recognition Apps Need to Survive

No matter how powerful a facial-recognition technology is, it can’t get the job done without a way to link names to faces.


China: Where Marathon Mania and Epic Air Pollution Levels Collide

An unfortunate intersection of trends.


Watch the Earth Warm Since 1880 in This Fascinating Animation

Nine of the 10 hottest years on record all occurred after 2000, says NASA.