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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.

Maps
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?

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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.

OpenCityApps.org

Mapping the Bones of a City

Every building in Chicago, mapped by zoning, size, code violations and new construction.

Announcing the AppMyCity! Prize

We've teamed up with the New Cities Foundation and Google to award $5,000 to the best new urban app from around the world.

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Floating Sheep

Who Writes the Wikipedia Entries About Where You Live?

And what if it's not other people who live there?

HousingCheckup

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.

Maps

A Map of the Entire Universe

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