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The Fascinating Story of How Those Tropical Insects Made It Into Your Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks has said it's stopping the use of bug-based red dye. Why? Making the stuff looks like so much fun!

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Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Garden Mulch

Is there anything high-speed flexible impactors can't flail into gold?

Bicycle Routes Built for a Tiger, Zebra, or Other Zoo Animal

Tokyo cartographers create cycling routes that resemble wild animals.

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Making a Game Out of Town Hall Meetings

By awarding points for civic participation, MindMixer has helped cities across the country increase citizen engagement.

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What if You Could See a Building's Impact in 3D Before It's Built?

Using augmented reality, people can see how proposed projects could benefit or burden their neighborhood.

Map of the Day: The Digital Neighborhood

What Foursquare can teach us about how people use a city.

Explaining the City in 5 Videos

These films offer fresh insights into urban living.

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Does City Life Have to Mean Life Without Stars?

A new film explores what we lose when light pollution cancels out the night sky.

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Would You Be Better Off in a Different City?

A new tool from the Sunlight Foundation aims to quantify real-world differences in quality of life across the country.

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Sparrows Actually Change Their Tune To Sing Over the Noise Of the City

A study in San Francisco's Presidio District suggests birds are adapting to the increasingly noisy city.

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The Best City Websites for Online Engagement

Local government sites increasingly embrace social networking, but is it working?

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The Sad Truth About Food-Delivering Robots

The failure of San Francisco's "TacoCopter" is just one example of how we are failing at creating a functional, robotic delivery boy.

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A Fix for America's Silent Sewer Scourge

Hundreds of U.S. cities still rely on antiquated systems that spew sewage during floods. Here's how one company is trying to change that.

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What's Missing From Universities' Sustainability Push

Lessons on environmentalism should be worked into course offerings, not just infrastructure.

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Pink Lights, Talking Cameras, and High-Pitched Squeals: The World's Weirdest Anti-Loitering Technologies

Do any of these annoying strategies actually work?

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The Building You’re Sitting In Now Has Its Own Social Network, Too

HonestBuildings.com aims to be a sort of LinkedIn for the build environment.

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Should Preservationists Train Their Eyes on Skylines?

Researchers have developed a GIS-based technique to keep track of skyline changes.

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The Dawn of the Municipal Chief Innovation Officer

San Francisco and Philadelphia are the first major U.S. cities to install innovation officers. What exactly do these guys do, and will their stodgy government colleagues let them get away with it?

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How One Man Built His City a Fiber Optic Network

Software entrepreneur Patrick Kennedy is bringing faster internet to San Leandro, thanks to infrastructure put in place by BART and city officials.