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5 Parking Innovations Every City Should Adopt

From pay-by-plate kiosks to pollution surcharges to length-based fees.

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Tech Culture and Rising Inequality: A Complex Relationship

As high-tech hubs like San Francisco become increasingly unaffordable, we need to be asking the right questions.

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How One Small Idaho City Has Embraced Body Cameras

Police in Post Falls, Idaho, have been using body cams since 2007, and say the technology has improved their work.

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A New Tool for Tracking Pittsburgh's Bad Air

The 'Breathe Project' lets residents watch neighborhood pollution levels change by the minute.

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The Hyperloop Is 'Insane,' Says Head of Hyperloop Design Program

A UCLA research studio is confronting the challenges of America's favorite fanciful flying tube.

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Meet the Start-Up That Wants to Turn Your City Into One Big WiFi Hotspot

Veniam aims to connect urban vehicles to an "Internet of moving things."

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Aaron Reiss

No Cell Phones at School? Better See the Cell Phone Storage Man

A small but thriving industry has cropped up around New York City high schools that forbid students from having phones on campus.

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The Future of Wi-Fi Could Run Through Old TV Infrastructure

We could create free, high-capacity Internet access using old television frequencies, new research suggests.

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Take a Drone Tour Above a City Abandoned During Chernobyl

A photographer explores by air a forgotten city where nature has forged on.

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How Local Governments Could Work More Like Cell Phones

A young American in Guatemala wants to bring a spirit of entrepreneurship to municipal governance through his think tank, the Startup Cities Institute.

Lunar Mission One.

For $100, You Can Put Your DNA on the Moon

Lunar Mission One will launch in 2024—if enough backers fund the project on Kickstarter.

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Wearable Basketball Tech: Should You Bring It To a Pickup Game?

New devices aim to help you improve your game like the pros do. But do you really wanna be "that player" at your neighborhood's next game?

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Japan Now Has a Traffic Signal Shaped Like Astro Boy

But can it aerate jaywalkers with retractable butt guns?

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R.I.P., Pay Phones. Hello, 'Links'

NYC's swanky future pay phones will provide unlimited Wi-Fi and free domestic calls. But will they be accessible to everyone?

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Cleaning Up Urban Waterways With Manmade Islands

The brains behind Scotland's Biomatrix Water use flotillas of plants to filter polluted water and soften concrete riverbanks.

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Is New York the New Model for Startup Cities?

Its rise has been remarkable. But should aspiring tech hubs really emulate the Big Apple?

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Can High-Speed Rail Help Dallas Build a Great Transit System?

It may struggle to keep up with passenger demand if it doesn't.

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Why 'Six Degrees of Separation' Breaks Down Inside Cities

Inspired by Milgram's famous experiment, an analysis of Twitter networks and geography reveals how personal connections get lost at the city level.