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Here's What Would Happen if a Huge Asteroid Hit Your City

Would you dissolve in fire or would your clothes simply ignite?

Click that 'hood

This Name That Neighborhood Game Will Distract You All Afternoon

So you think you know your city?

How This Year's Flu Managed to Outsmart Google

Scientific hindsight shows that Google Flu Trends far overstated this year's flu season, raising questions about accuracy.

Reuters

What Mosh Pits Can Teach Us About Crowd Control in Public Spaces

Though they look like a mess of humanity, the pits actually follow a set of rules.

Chicago's Secrets, Revealed Through User-Friendly Apps

The Open City group turns government data into apps on crime, snow plows, even lobbying efforts.

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Can You Build a Tech Ecosystem in a City with a Huge Digital Divide?

Access for all was one of the hot topics at The Atlantic's Start-Up City: Miami conference.

Joan Campderros-i-Canas/Flickr

10 Ways to Improve High-Density Cities

Ideas for enhancing safety, affordability, and quality of life.

Maps

Watch a Map of Lost Productivity (Otherwise Known as Tweeting)

All the tweets in the world glimmer in this entrancing visualization of real-time tweets.

Kasia Cieplak-von Baldegg

How Does a City Known for Art and Design Turn Itself Into a Tech Hub?

Miami tries to figure that out.

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NASA

NASA Satellite Spots Foul Pollution Trails Over Shipping Lanes

Thick trails of lung-damaging nitrogen dioxide stretch from ports in China, India and the Middle East, and fume off of coastal cities worldwide.

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NASA/NOAA

Watch from Space as the Blizzard Eats New England

Meanwhile on the ground, there are automotive pile-ups, white-out conditions and reports of ferocious thundersnow.

PlowNYC

New York's Real-Time Snow Plow Map to Get its First Major Test This Weekend

PlowNYC is about to hit the big time.

EveryBlock

The Sad, Sudden End of EveryBlock

The pioneer of hyperlocal news and open data surprisingly closed this morning.

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Google Maps

How the Internet Reinforces Inequality in the Real World

What happens to a community with no "digital shadow" on the web?

Wikipedia

Wikipedia Nearby Is Basically a List of Interesting Things Near You

The fruits of Wikimedia's new GeoData extension.

Montague

Skydiving Accessory of the Day: A Folding Bicycle for the Extreme Sports Enthusiast

Sweet.

(Chris Tumbusch/Pierce County Library System)

The Future of Librarians in an EBook World

Technology can actually make it easier to connect library patrons with an actual person.

Deep Ocean Technology

Yep, There's an Underwater Hotel

Dig a night in a luxe stationary submarine? This is the place for you.