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Urban Fixes to Fight the Next Sandy

Unconventional ideas for climate-proofing New York City.

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Forecasting Flu Outbreaks on a City-By-City Basis

Researchers looking into New York City's flu rates think they may be able to predict local pandemics seven weeks before they happen.

Is the Air Inside Public Bathrooms Rife With Infectious Particles?

 A review of the research indicates that could be the nasty truth, and other toilet tidbits.

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This Could Be the Key to Making Downtowns Greener

This green wall out of the University of Washington could bring plant life to dense urban areas where green space is hard to come by.

WNYC

Map of the Day: Predicted Sandy Flooding vs. Real Sandy Flooding

More evidence that scientists know what they're talking about.

Instagram and Google Street View, Together At Last

An intriguing juxtaposition of exterior backgrounds and human foregrounds.

City 24/7

Could All Old Pay Phones One Day Become Public Smart Phones?

250 LED "SmartScreens" are heading to New York's underused booths.

Rob Pegoraro

Amtrak's New App: Does It Actually Make Travel Easier?

You can buy and cancel your ticket with ease, but the railroad needs to upgrade more of its features.

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Visualizing a City's Prodigious Carbon Emissions

This simulation shows one-ton blobs of carbon dioxide rising from the street in giant blue spheres.

Fabian Brunsing

Inhospitable Park Bench of the Day: The Pay and Sit

Don't get too comfy.

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Finally, iPhone Maps That Aren't a Total Disaster

Nokia Maps for iPhone have (almost) everything Apple Maps doesn't.

Reuters

How Facebook and Twitter Are Making Developing World Cities Better

The governments of virtually all large Latin American cities now use social media to engage with citizens, and smaller cities are quickly following suit.

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An App That Tries to Predict the Future of Cities

Harvard's new ecological urbanism app explores current practices, emerging trends, and opportunities for new initiatives.

Claire Mitchell

The 'Covert Cloak' Protects the Privacy of the Painfully Shy

This high-tech garment detects the stares of rude people and instantly deploys shields.

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Here Are the Places Where You Can Buy Wine From Amazon

Starting today, the internet giant will begin shipping wine to a handful of states, and others may follow.

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Superstorm Sandy Meets Tim Burton in This Creepy Animation

A most ominous storm was brewing over the East Coast.

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London's Raucous Babble of Languages

Data engineers examined more than 3 million tweets to create this sprawling linguistic cartography.

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Chris Anderson on Why He's Leaving Digital for DIY

The exiting Wired editor-in-chief explains why the maker revolution is becoming the new industrial revolution.

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Manmade Environmental Disaster Movie of the Day: Plastic Paradise

See what I did there?