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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.

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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?

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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.

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A Map of the Entire Universe

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

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Mapping the Noxious Ozone Plumes Over Houston

A new app from Texas researchers shows how clouds of lung-pummeling ozone move through Houston neighborhoods.

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Electric Car Improvement of the Day: AAA's New Mobile Charging Truck

AAA's truck that can deliver a fifteen-minute roadside jolt to electric car drivers in the Seattle area.

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Presenting Digital Harlem — and the Australians Who Run It

The odd partnership has produced enormous historical insight into everyday life in the neighborhood.

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Introducing CityLab

We're getting ready to launch a new series on city-level experimentation around the world, and we need your help.

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All the Cities Photographed From the International Space Station

If your hometown's been shot by astronaut/prolific shutterbug Chris Hadfield, it's probably viewable on this interactive map.

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Even More Evidence Climate Change Will Hit East Coast Cities Particularly Hard

We could see seven times as many Katrinas every year.

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Amazing Views From the Top of the World

Google Street View goes to its most extreme destinations yet: 4 of the planet's highest mountains.

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And the Cities Most in Danger of a Super-Flu Outbreak Are...

Researchers say lethal strains of influenza are most likely to arise next in coastal China, the Nile Delta and elsewhere.

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It's Not Just Overflow—Everyday Leaks From Sewer Systems Lead to Alarming Amounts of Sewage in Our Waterways

And you probably can't even smell it.

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Happy 200th Birthday to a Mapmaker Who Changed the World

John Snow mapped out cases of cholera during an infamous 1854 outbreak in London.

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There's a Lot More Skeletons Where These Came From

Modern London was built on top of a large number of plague pits, and the city's thirst for more space means digging won't slow down any time soon.