Tech

Hamburg Aviation

Do Obese People Need Their Own Jumbo-Sized Airplane Toilets?

German researchers say the "Big Lavatory Concept" is necessary to accommodate the world's larger body weights.

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New Orleans: America's Next Great Innovation Hub?

New Orleans was once a great city to get away from business. How it became a great place to start one.

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Don't Worry About Kids and Touch Screens, Worry About the Parents

Smart phones can help manage the tedium of parenting. But they also isolate us from a lot of the joy.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Watch This Captivating Aerial Video of San Francisco

Swooping shots from extreme sports photographers.

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Stamen

4 of the World's Great Cities Like You've Never Seen Them Before

You probably didn't even know that watercolor comes in 3D.

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How Long Must We Wait for the Bladeless Windmill?

A few years, at least. But the future is bright.

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How Smartphones Could Revolutionize the Way We Heat and Cool Our Homes

Customers could run their appliances and manage their utilities from their mobile devices, cutting down on power use.

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MapBox

A Satellite Map Capable of Erasing All the World's Clouds

Suddenly, the earth beneath our atmosphere becomes much clearer – and more beautiful.

Videos

Amazing Treasure of the Day: A 114-Year-Old Sidewalk Clock

What time is it, New York?

Sanitation Hackathon

App Developers Turn Their Eye to Global Sanitation

Participants of the "International Sanitation Hackathon" have some promising ideas to fight disease and death caused by poor sanitation.

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Spatial Information Design Lab, GSAPP, Columbia University

How a Map Is Like an Op-Ed

Thanks to the open data movement, anyone can be a cartographer. Professor Laura Kurgan on geography as a storytelling tool.

The Addictiveness of the U.S. Census Bracket Game Cannot Be Denied

Sixty-four cities, 64 populations to rank by size.

La Poste

Your Local Newspaper, Delivered By Drones

Plans to use robots to replace humans in package delivery, in France and beyond.

Reuters

The Surprisingly Gentle Science Behind New York's Plan to Sterilize Its Rats

Hitting urban rodents in their reproductive systems may be the best thing to ever happen to them.

Mecanoo

Invention of the Day: A Bladeless Windmill

Could this be the answer to urban wind power enthusiasts?

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MIT Media Lab

The Surprising Way Architects Are Using 3D Printers

They let architects dream up all sorts of fantastic structures that would be either too difficult or too expensive to make with conventional methods.

Is Google Maps Changing Our Behavior?

For better or worse, people sacrifice spatial orientation for convenience.

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Why Driverless Cars Are 'Probably' Legal

A recent legal paper makes the case that existing laws don't prohibit automated vehicles.