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Worthwhile Distraction of the Day: A Mind-Blowing Projection of Motion in South Korea

Let's think about something beautiful, just for a second.

NASA

Hurricane Sandy Is a Category 1 Cyclone, But It Has the Eyewall Of a Category 3

Shiver in fear of this 3-D model of Sandy's eye as the storm nears New Jersey.

AP/NOAA

The Webcams to Watch as Hurricane Sandy Hits the East Coast

The Atlantic Ocean's largest recorded tropical storm is bearing down on the Northeast.

Maps

Google Street View Tackles the Grand Canyon

The mapping service's sherpas are on the trail, backpack topped with the camera orb in tow.

styleblaster.net

Somebody's Watching You: A Style Surveillance Project in Brooklyn

"Our camera does not discriminate."

OpenSignal

Passive-Aggressive Notes via Wi-Fi Network Names

A semi-anonymous way of broadcasting how you feel.

The PPlanter Team

Greening Cities Through the Power of Public Urination

A team of San Francisco inventors view drunks and the homeless as reservoirs of golden fertilizer.

Sommer Mathis

Why Sometimes You Can Smell the Sewer Even Though You Mostly Can't

5 reasons you might get a sudden whiff of something unpleasant.

Guggenheim Museum/Stillspotting

An Entire Year of New York City's Noise Complaints

More than 270,000 noise complaints sketch a city that roars in the day and talks ferociously in its sleep.

JS Munro

Beneficial Reuse of the Day: Cow Blood Construction

Just what it sounds like.

Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Online Grocery Shopping Is Returning to the Physical World

A Chinese supermarket giant has announced plans to build 1,000 "virtual" supermarkets.

Videos
Courtesy of Google

This Is What Google Really Looks Like

Take a street view tour of some of the company's data centers.

Maps
MIT Sustainable Design Lab/MoDe Studio

Mapping the Potential for Solar Power On Every Roof

Nearly every square meter of rooftop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has now been evaluated for its suitability to host solar panels.

Arizona State University

The Future of Mapping Carbon Emissions, With Pinpoint Precision

A new modeling system called "Hestia" traces greenhouse gases to individual urban buildings and roads.

CityFixer
Mark Bergen

The Developing World's Most Innovative City for Trash Management Is ... Bangalore?

The Indian city is setting itself up as a model for how struggling cities can better handle waste disposal.

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The Bike Helmet That Screams For Help in an Accident

This crash detector will send GPS coordinates to the authorities if you sustain a severe head impact.

Soon, South Africans Will Drink Treated Sewage Water

Plus, a terrorism memorial becomes a magnet for public urination and the location of a British town's death registry office is questioned.

UrbanTick

A Google Map of Mexico City's Street Vendors

In these satellite images, the street markets glow red.