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Finding Beauty in the Hypnotic Sound of Police Scanners

A window into the steady rhythm of first responders in a major city.

Flickr/SmartDestinations

Dirty Email of the Day: Chicago Public Schools CEO Sends Parents to a Sexy Website

An "important message" from CEO Byrd-Bennett.

PAN

This Summer, the Mailboxes in Bristol Will Begin to Talk

Post boxes, trash cans and lamp posts will chat up members of the public in what is perhaps the strangest public-art project to come out of the U.K.

Maps
NASA/NOAA

NASA's Alarming Map of the Worst Australian Heat Wave on Record

The 114-degree heat in Sydney recently is nothing compared to 121-degrees recorded in Moomba.

Flickr

An iPhone App Helped Save Algerian Hostages in the Desert

Next time you're in a hostage situation, remember that Apple phone's Compass app just may save your life.

Instructional Video of the Day: How to Build Skyscrapers Over Moving Trains

Neat!

Videos
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Why 3D Modeling Will Play a Huge Role in Tackling Rapid Urbanization

We can now simulate the effects of earthquakes, traffic jams and population expansion. From every angle.

Steve Jurvetson

Prediction of the Day: Cities Will Soon Compete to Build Driverless Car Infrastructure

You heard it here first.

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Brooklyn's Affordability Crisis Is No Accident

Rents are skyrocketing in the borough thanks to inflexible zoning rules.

Dennis Siegel

German Man Builds Device to Suck Electricity From Power Lines, Other People

Dennis Siegel claims his curious contraption feeds itself like a leech on ambient electromagnetic fields.

Flickr/Boston Public Library

Anniversary of the Day: Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919

One of the weirdest and most awful things that ever happened.

Now You Can See Out the Bottom of Your Airplane

Or at least know what you're flying over, thanks to new Delta app.

NASA/NOAA

NASA Satellite Image Shows Beijing Drowning in a Lake of Smog

Air pollution has been particularly bad in China this week, with levels nine times above what the U.S. considers "unsafe."

Maps
Alexander Dunkel

What Flickr Can Teach Us About the Way We Photograph Cities

Maps of data offer a precise understanding of the where we shoot different landmarks.

Photos

The Best Aerial Panorama of Manhattan We've Ever Seen

A photographer shot New York City from a helicopter, then stitched together this awesome image.

Knocking Down Huge Buildings Quietly, Floor by Floor

A Japanese construction company turns demolition into energy using something it calls a "big hat."

Unless You Live in Takoma Park, Beverly Hills, or Reno, You're Probably Going to Get the Flu

Google knows.

Is It Still Street Art If You Can Only See It Online?

An artist's quest to bring graffiti to life, via GIFs.