Tech

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Driverless Car Test Districts Are Coming

But even Google admits the technology still has a ways to go.

ZBoard

An Electric Skateboard You Control by Leaning

The weight-sensitive ZBoard 2 can dawdle or zoom at 20 mph, depending on your foot pressure.

AP Photo/Denis Balibouse

This Solar-Powered Airplane Is About to Take Its First Around-The-World Flight

The trip could take five months or more, depending on the weather.

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Diane Goes for You

Meet the Explorer Solving the Mysteries of Google Maps

A French multimedia artist invites your web-map queries with the promise to (eventually) provide a real-world answer.

Connected Cycle

This Smart Pedal Will Hunt Down Bike Thieves

The high-security device also monitors speed, routes, and calories burnt.

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Reuters/Zoran Milich

Down With Selfie Sticks

Why you're better off asking a stranger to take your picture.

Will Shoes One Day Generate Renewable Energy?

These insoles would let wearers produce electricity and feed it into the grid.

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India's Government Will Now 'Check and Verify the Use of Toilets'

It's an unprecedented plan aimed at eliminating open defecation across the country. Could it work?

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A Better Bedbug Trap

After years of study (and thousands of bites), researchers may have discovered how to get the bloodsucking pests under control.

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The Most Cringeworthy Apps of 2014

Delete, delete, delete?

Sakker el Dekkene

In Beirut, Bringing Bribery Out Into the Open

A new crowd-sourcing platform gives Lebanese their first means of quantifying a scourge that's all around them.

Hernan Cazares

Welcome to the Startup Tijuana

With the violence of the drug war behind it, the border city is experiencing a boom of arts and startup activity, spurred by the group Reactivando Espacios.  

Google

The Biggest Transportation Breakthroughs of 2014

From driverless cars to safety initiatives, it was quite a year for advancements in mobility.

Isaac Kasamani

In Kampala, an App for Motorcycle-Sharing

SafeBoda's backers want to streamline Kampala's motorcycle taxi industry and foster a culture of road safety.

Reuters/China Daily

Here's Where All Those Cheap Santa Hats and Plastic Snowmen Come From

A massive amount of holiday-related merchandise is produced in the Chinese city of Yiwu.

Flickr/Sebastiaan ter Burg

Should Cities Give Hackathons Another Look to Improve Digital Infrastructure?

A 36-hour coding session in Boston recently helped revamp the city's permit system.

NASA

America's Holiday Lights Can Be Seen from Space

They're especially bright in the suburbs, says NASA.

Reuters/Jason Reed

Sydney Is Showing Solidarity with Muslims with the Hashtag #illridewithyou

The hashtag was trending worldwide on Monday morning.