Tech

Almost Nobody Washes Their Hands Properly After Using the Bathroom

Also, Brazil deploys an energy-generating toilet and Britain scares the hell out of potential drunk drivers.

Maps

An Instagram for Maps

Stamen reveals a radical, beautiful new tool.

A Massive Implosion Visible From Manhattan

Demolition crews exploded the tallest building on Governors Island this weekend to make way for new parkland.

Congratulations to Colab, Winner of the 2013 AppMyCity! Prize

The app aims to connect citizens to their local governments in new ways.

Maps

Visualizing the Stunning Growth of 8 Years of OpenStreetMap

Of course, these people know how to map their own mapping exploits.

Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped

America's collection of museums and libraries is actually super impressive when you look at it on a map.

Could a 2,000-Year-Old Recipe for Cement Be Superior to Our Own?

In search of the secret to Ancient Roman construction.

Could Bookless Libraries Revolutionize Access for the Poor?

They require less space, and they offer what under-served communities often really need -- internet access.

Pigeons Might Be Way Smarter Than We Give Them Credit For

They're good at manipulating touch screens to get food rewards, for instance.

'Personal Climate Control,' Lasers, and the Wild Future of Thermostats

Why heat a whole building when infrared beams of warmth could follow us each around?

Surprisingly Difficult Quiz of the Day: Steak House or Gay Bar?

A weirdly challenging game.

Maps

Here's What Google Maps' Customization Might Mean in Practice

The new maps may eventually funnel us each into different experiences of the same neighborhood. Is that a bad thing?

An App to Help You Prove the Beach You're Standing On Is Public

In L.A., private homeowners often erroneously believe the beach belongs to them.

Let Me Recycle That For You. Please.

In Buenos Aires, thousands of informal workers are ready to take on the task of improving the city's trash woes, if only the government would let them.

Maps

Lewis and Clark, Meet Foursquare

History's greatest journeys, now available in KML files.

This Is Why You Firmly Anchor Your Construction Crane

Time for a cigarette break out on my balcony – AGGH!

How Waze Became the Hottest Map App Around

Why is the Israeli mobile GPS startup drawing acquisition prices as high as Instagram and Tumblr?

Did a Well-Meaning Reality TV Show Help Reinvigorate Vancouver's Anti-Gentrification Movement?

The Downtown Eastside neighborhood had a rocky spring.