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Is That a 60-Foot Cell Phone Tower, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Residents of Castro Valley, California, demand a redesign of a phallus-like cell tower.

How Technology Spreads, in 1 Chart

Mapping when some of our most popular technologies - like air conditioning and internet - reached 50 percent penetration.

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A Satellite View of City Growth, in GIFs

Watch these 11 cities boom over recent decades. From space. In animated GIFs.

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Go Ahead, Cram 3 of These Folding Cars Into 1 Parking Spot

The Hiriko electric vehicle is so cute you might just want to pick it up and carry it home.

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What the London Grindr Outage Shows Us About Gay City Life

GPS-enabled apps have changed the going-out culture in the city.

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Recycling Cars Is Actually Kind of Bad-Ass

There's fun and profit in having giant shredding rotors tear the flesh off deceased vehicles.

Darin Jensen

San Francisco's Mission District in 22 Maps

An atlas created by students at UC Berkeley shows just how many layers one neighborhood can have.

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How the Cutting Edge in Crowdsourced Crime Fighting Could Do More Harm Than Good

Police in London want you to help hunt for pick-pocketers with your smart phone. It's an idea with serious flaws.

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Drought Tip of the Day: Do What the Mayans Did

Water conservation tips from ancient cities.

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Could Genetically Mutated Mushrooms Solve India's Energy Crisis?

Also, might irradiated zucchini plants alleviate global warming?

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Visit Antarctica With Google Street View

Newly released panoramics of the world's most remote outposts.

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Map of the Day: The Geography of Klout

Which countries have the most social media influence?

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Loud Talkers on the Subway? Whip Out the 'SpeechJammer'

The Japanese-designed gadget plays the offending speaker's words back to them in a highly irritating way.

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Was London's Fancy Olympics Media Center Worth It?

The expensive, state of the art facility bears little resemblance to media accommodations for the 1948 "Austerity Games."

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How the American Military Is Fighting Climate Change

A new breed of "greenhawks" may be leading the way toward energy independence.

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The Locations and Ranges of London's Olympic Missiles

The U.K. is planning to protect its upcoming Olympics with missiles. Here's where they're shooting from and how far they can fly.

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What Really Happens After You Flush the Toilet

Your waste goes on a magical journey from becoming "mixed liquor" to "sludge cakes," as this photographic tour of Arlington County, Virginia's newly renovated wastewater plant reveals.

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How Smart Should Our Maps Be?

The future of the map isn't directions, it's information.