Tech

Maps

Social Media Map of the Day: Tweets by 'Hood, Rendered Topographically

Where people Tweet in San Francisco, New York City, and Istanbul.

Ethiopia's New Nile Dam Could Destroy Egypt's Way of Life

The massive new project threatens to leave much of Egypt without water.

Hungry? Here's a Map of Every Urban Plant You Can Snack On

Cataloging the fruits, nuts, and herbs hidden in the sidewalk foliage.

Ambitious Crowdfunding Goal of the Day: $2 Million for the Cardboard Bicycle

This world-changing invention is more expensive than we remembered.

Videos

Going (Really, Really) Green: Earth's Plant Life, as Seen From Space

Satellite images of vegetation can help to forecast droughts and fires and even diseases.

Awesome Impromptu Soccer Field of the Day: One Made of Lasers

Here's one way to activate public space at night.

Say Hello to Solar-Paneled Clothing That Charges Your Phone

This "Wearable Solar" clothing allegedly can restore half of a phone's power when worn in bright sunlight.

Bizarre Optical Illusion of the Day: Tram Riders Believe Buildings Are Falling Down

Even when they know they're not.

8 Clever Ideas for Making Government Work Better With Data

Easy-to-use tools to cut through bureaucratic red tape, via the Knight News Challenge.

A Helmet That Automatically Steers You to the Nearest Bike-Share Station

New Yorkers can mount this thing on their heads and never worry about finding a Citi Bike dock again.

Get Ready to Use Your iPad For the Whole Flight (Just Not Your Cell Phone)

Soon, the FAA will let you use your iPad even during takeoffs and landings.

How Your Online Burrito Review Could Help Standardize Municipal Data

Yelp's effort to publish restaurant health safety inspections is just the second time cities have attempted to communicate valuable information in a common language.

Patent of the Day: Google's Street View Walking Stick

For hiking trails and other locations beyond the reach of cars.

'When It's Time to Make the Next Turn, the Left Side of Your Seat Will Buzz'

How "tactile displays" could help lead to less distracted driving and transform the way we navigate.

Photos

Don't Worry, Philadelphia Isn't Actually Bubbling With Radioactive Waste

At least, that's not what's going on in this widely circulated photo of a sinkhole filled with bright green ooze.

Where You Live Actually Changes the Noises You Make

The science of why certain languages sound the way they do.

One of the Most Disturbing Maps of Los Angeles You'll Ever See

A stark picture of the geographic relationship between the city's top polluters and its most vulnerable places.

The Last Telegram Will Be Sent From India Sometime in July

The transformative technology will come to, yes, a FULL STOP.