Tech

Brussels Vending Machine Dispenses French Fries and Goopy Mayonnaise

The world's waistlines won't know what hit them when this cheap, all-night fry dispensary catches on.

How Robots in Outer Space Are Influencing the Cars of the Future

If engineers can build bots that can land themselves on Mars, surely they can produce less sophisticated systems for our vehicles.

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Explore the London Underground With This Awesome 3-D Simulation

"Mind the Gap" takes advantage of open data to present a rotating, zoomable, ambient-noise-inflected model of London's train system.

San Francisco Fire Chief Bans Helmet Cams

Officials say that the ban is necessary to protect people's privacy. Is that so?

Next Economy

The Dark Side of Chattanooga's Tech Revolution

Companies like Amazon and Volkswagen have flocked to the city. But many working class residents still can't find a good job.

The Larger the City, the More it Pollutes, Right?

NASA tries to answer the question.

6 Mind-Boggling Facts About Farms in China

China's spectacular run as provider of its own food is looking severely strained.

Heroic Australian Scientists Try to Make a Hangover-Proof Beer

Why let stupid biology dictate our beer drinking, when we can just switch to an experimental hydrating brewski?

Britain's Villages May Not Have Superfast Broadband, But Its Skies Soon Will

The country could soon have a wonderful new technology that'll be too expensive for most people and restricted to short-haul flights.

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Should We Be Embracing Golf Carts as a Cheaper Alternative to Electric Vehicles?

The trend is a reminder that cities could be doing more to promote EV use.

Gorgeous 19th Century Cityscapes, Courtesy of Daguerrotype

How we learned to use Polariod's precursor to capture urban life.

Looking Down From Space at Shanghai's Awful Heat Island

As China suffers through its hottest summer on record, an immense and deadly bubble of heat builds above Shanghai.

Mayor Bloomberg Wants to Fingerprint Public Housing Residents

What could possibly go wrong?

Concord Stops Its Police Chief From Buying a Ridiculous Military Vehicle

The police department in New Hampshire wants an armored personnel carrier. Residents don't. 

Severe Heat Waves Will Scorch Us Until At Least 2040, Say Climatologists

This generation is doomed to more frequent and extreme heat waves, but researchers say the next one can benefit if we act on emissions now.

The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build a Subterranean Ice Wall Around the Fukushima Plant

Believe it or not, it's what Japan is planning to do to prevent further contamination. Can it really be done?

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Visual Proof That Geographic Data Really Should Be Free

New York City and California have begun to offer up their GIS files to anyone who wants them, and early results are amazing.

Berlin's Wildly Fantastic 1,400-Foot-High, Hydra-Headed Windmill

Let's take a look back at the ambitious 1930s plan to erect this monstrosity over the city.