Tech

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.

Google Earth

Mapping Urban Agriculture From the Sky

Google Earth could help quantify urban gardens much better than advocates on the ground.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Australia Is So Hot, They Had to Add a New Color to the Weather Map

The risk of fire is also exceedingly high.

Reuters

How Google Street View Could Help Post-Sandy Staten Island

Residents worry the photos will hurt property values. But the site could raise the kind of awareness the "forgotten borough" will need as it rebuilds.

Russian Motorist Films Own Attempt at Aiding Plane Crash Victims

The man ventured into the eviscerated fuselage to retrieve a wounded woman after Saturday's accident at Vnukovo Airport, which killed five crew members.

Ritchie S. King

Wikipedia's Most Popular Pages, in 35 Languages

The French want to know about ornamental holly, Germans are curious about cul-de-sacs, and the Vietnamese are reading up on sex positions.

Reuters

Don't Complain When Your iPhone Gets Stolen in New York

Apple theft is so bad it's having an effect on the overall crime rate.

The Best Green Ideas of 2012

A personal, eclectic list.

Reuters

The History Behind Why NYC Drops an 11,875 Pound Ball on New Year's Eve

Wouldn't explosions in the sky be preferable?

Courtesy of Uber, U.S. Census

Our Favorite Apps of 2012

The city-focused mobile technology we had the most fun with this year.

Aether & Hemera

Art Installation of the Day: Paper Boats on London's Canary Wharf

Like being a kid again...a kid with state-of-the-art technology and materials.

Maps

What Produces More Light Pollution in Australia: Cities or Wildfires?

Parts of the outback are lit up with so much flame they look like huge metropolises at night.

9 Technologies for Building the 'Road of the Future'

Cities around the world are reinventing the highway with things like de-icing pavements, color-changing paint and wind-powered street lights.

phila.gov

The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Our annual look at the extensive information now available from city governments, and the tools people are building with it.

Videos
Lifehacker

Temperature of the Day: -41, in Novosibirsk

Colder than the frost on a champagne glass!

Maps
NASA

A New, Highly Detailed Image of North Korea's (Lack of) Electrical Infrastructure

The energy disparity between Pyongyang and its neighbors is clearer than ever in this awesome NASA satellite shot.

Google Maps Is Back

The app - complete with voice-guided turn-by-turn directions - is now available for the iPhone.