Tech

CityFixer

Let's Make Old Payphones Into Electric Car Chargers

It would address a major barrier to the use of EVs in big cities.

The Most Popular Entries in a New 'Cop Slang' App Are Predictably Filthy

The user-generated dictionary wants to introduce you to how police officers actually talk to each other.

Maps

How Lasers Will Give the U.S. East Coast Precise New Post-Sandy Maps

The survey will kickoff the most revolutionary American mapping project in a century.

Finally, an Exercise App Built for Lazy People

Moves tracks daily walking, bike riding, running without any input from the user at all.

Maps

NASA's Satellites Are Watching the Rim Fire Creep Into Yosemite

Nighttime images show the gradual spread of the tremendous wildfire, which is burning brighter than the city lights of Reno.

Videos

Why the Yosemite Fire Is Especially Scary

Just for starters, it could cut off San Francisco's water supply.

How Drones Are Helping Peru Save Its Ancient Temples, Pyramids and Cities

They can map the country's historic sites faster than humans, while also monitoring the areas for intruders. 

Videos

Explained in 90 Seconds: How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires

Higher temperatures, prolonged drought, and fire suppression policy combine to make fires worse.

Maps

All the Hurricanes of the Past 170 Years, Mapped

See where 11,967 cyclones overlap in space in this fascinating look at the planet's most powerful storms.

Brilliant Gadget of the Day: A Stylish Ring To Replace the Transit Farecard

Getting on the train just got much easier.

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.

Maps

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?