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Seeing a City Through Instagram

A real-time stream of every photo taken in five cities.

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Prototype of the Day: A Printer That Can Build a House in 20 Hours

Maybe it could even build structures on Mars.

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We Want You: City Data Edition

A new portal will collect open streams from different cities, making for easier comparisons.

Does This 13-Foot-Tall Japanese Robot Really Exist?

We're calling B.S. on this fully armed, $1.3 million deathbot.

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A Satellite Time-Lapse Wondermap

Watch 13 years of development and change on any point on the globe.

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How the Internet Could Save America's Small Towns

Broadband offers the possibility, though not the guarantee, of connecting remote regions of the country in a new way to the national and global economy.

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Is London's Air Up to Snuff?

How does England's air quality compare to that of past hosts, and could it affect athletes?

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Why India's Massive Power Outages Get Fixed More Quickly Than D.C.'s

India's lights are back on within hours, not days.

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Is That a 60-Foot Cell Phone Tower, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Residents of Castro Valley, California, demand a redesign of a phallus-like cell tower.

How Technology Spreads, in 1 Chart

Mapping when some of our most popular technologies - like air conditioning and internet - reached 50 percent penetration.

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A Satellite View of City Growth, in GIFs

Watch these 11 cities boom over recent decades. From space. In animated GIFs.

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Go Ahead, Cram 3 of These Folding Cars Into 1 Parking Spot

The Hiriko electric vehicle is so cute you might just want to pick it up and carry it home.

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What the London Grindr Outage Shows Us About Gay City Life

GPS-enabled apps have changed the going-out culture in the city.

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Recycling Cars Is Actually Kind of Bad-Ass

There's fun and profit in having giant shredding rotors tear the flesh off deceased vehicles.

Darin Jensen

San Francisco's Mission District in 22 Maps

An atlas created by students at UC Berkeley shows just how many layers one neighborhood can have.

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How the Cutting Edge in Crowdsourced Crime Fighting Could Do More Harm Than Good

Police in London want you to help hunt for pick-pocketers with your smart phone. It's an idea with serious flaws.

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Drought Tip of the Day: Do What the Mayans Did

Water conservation tips from ancient cities.

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Could Genetically Mutated Mushrooms Solve India's Energy Crisis?

Also, might irradiated zucchini plants alleviate global warming?