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A View From Space So Clear You Can See the Cars Moving

Surreal views of Boston, London, and Barcelona from an ultra-high-definition camera aboard the International Space Station.

How Airbags Are Supposed to Work

A volatile chemical compound is being used as propellant in airbags made by Takata, the company behind the massive auto recall in the United States. Should it be?

A Nifty Device to Stop Cars From Driving Too Close to Bikes

BSMART helps the Chattanooga police give the local three-foot passing law some teeth.

A Psychiatrist for Your City: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Bulldoze Moscow With This Classic Arcade-Game App

Remember Arkanoid? It’s back—to illustrate a real-life architecture crisis.

Can Co-Working on a Deadline Create Better Public Policy?

Four cities across the world are preparing to launch the "GovCombinator."

Deathtrap Doorless Elevators Are Back by Popular Demand in Germany

Named after the Lord’s Prayer, about 250 “paternoster” elevators still operate in the country.

Singapore Is Already Planning for a Future of Driverless Taxis

Officials see the technology as a way to make the city-state “even more sustainable and liveable.”

Don't Hold Out Much Hope for This 'Real, Rideable' Hoverboard

The Lexus prototype isn’t yet practical for the skate park.

Poll: What Limits Should We Impose on Drones?

Is it okay to use quadcopters for advertising, traffic management, or police surveillance?

How Finland Could Turn Horse Poop Into Power

A Finnish company is experimenting with using horse manure as fuel for biomass energy production.

A Help-the-Homeless App That Isn't Just Lazy 'Clicktivism'

The creators of WeShelter “don’t want people to stop at tapping the button.”

Elon Musk Challenges Engineering Students to Design a Hyperloop Pod

Spend your summer break solving America's high-speed transportation problems.

A Robot Is Going to 3D-Print a Bridge in Amsterdam

The location of the bridge hasn’t been chosen yet, but the company in charge of the project claims it will only take two months to construct.

El Niño or Not, Floods Are Coming to California

Deluges tend to follow droughts. Are cities prepared?

Where Your Old Electronics Go to Die (or Maybe Even Live Again)

Welcome to the Brooklyn e-waste warehouse of the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

2,220 Reasons Your Next Car Should Brake for You

That’s how many lives would have been saved in 2011-12, according to a new federal report.

D.C.'s Polluted Rivers Are Getting a Green Makeover

But will all residents reap the same benefits?