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12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data

A few of the 886 proposals from the Knight Foundation's latest open government news challenge.

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Presenting the Water Fountain of the Future

No awkward bending over necessary.

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A Map of the Entire Universe

The Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was young.

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Mapping the Noxious Ozone Plumes Over Houston

A new app from Texas researchers shows how clouds of lung-pummeling ozone move through Houston neighborhoods.

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Electric Car Improvement of the Day: AAA's New Mobile Charging Truck

AAA's truck that can deliver a fifteen-minute roadside jolt to electric car drivers in the Seattle area.

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Presenting Digital Harlem — and the Australians Who Run It

The odd partnership has produced enormous historical insight into everyday life in the neighborhood.

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Introducing CityLab

We're getting ready to launch a new series on city-level experimentation around the world, and we need your help.

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All the Cities Photographed From the International Space Station

If your hometown's been shot by astronaut/prolific shutterbug Chris Hadfield, it's probably viewable on this interactive map.

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Even More Evidence Climate Change Will Hit East Coast Cities Particularly Hard

We could see seven times as many Katrinas every year.

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Amazing Views From the Top of the World

Google Street View goes to its most extreme destinations yet: 4 of the planet's highest mountains.

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And the Cities Most in Danger of a Super-Flu Outbreak Are...

Researchers say lethal strains of influenza are most likely to arise next in coastal China, the Nile Delta and elsewhere.

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It's Not Just Overflow—Everyday Leaks From Sewer Systems Lead to Alarming Amounts of Sewage in Our Waterways

And you probably can't even smell it.

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Happy 200th Birthday to a Mapmaker Who Changed the World

John Snow mapped out cases of cholera during an infamous 1854 outbreak in London.

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There's a Lot More Skeletons Where These Came From

Modern London was built on top of a large number of plague pits, and the city's thirst for more space means digging won't slow down any time soon.

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Map of the Day: Montreal, Then and Now

Sixty-six years later, the city's urban design is not so different.

John Bamber

The Streetlight of the Future Will Do So Much More Than Light Your Street

It could also catch criminals, broadcast WiFi and... detect meth labs?

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Why It's Nearly Impossible to Make GPS Work for India

A "classic example of copy-pasting a first world solution in an emerging economy."

Richard Vijgen

Back When We Thought the Internet Was Like a City

Once we all built homepages on GeoCities, the "city" turned out to be a poor metaphor for the web.