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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.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

John Metcalfe

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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Google Earth

How Smart Should Our Maps Be?

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

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America’s Leading High-Tech Metros

The new geography of technology centers.

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The Suburban Ripple Effect of Sustainable Cities

When major cities embrace climate and energy initiatives, the communities around them inevitably follow.

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Exertion Games Lab

This Is Not an Interrogation Device, Just a Super-Safe Bike Helmet

It may look like a radioactive Chambered Nautilus initiating a cranial death-grip, but the builders of the LumaHelm see a universe of possibility in its bizarre light-shell.

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A Car That Navigated Itself Way Back in 1966

A proto-GPS used punch cards to direct drivers.

Wright, Holloway, and Ellis

Watch These American Cities Segregate, Even As They Diversify

No, we have not reached the end of segregation. Something much more complicated is going on.

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The Secret to Less Smelly Sewers: Old Coffee Grounds

Researchers at the City College of New York think they've found a way to use coffee to neutralize a city's most unpleasant odor.

Soner Ozenc

Finding Mecca the High-Tech Way: With a Light-Up Prayer Mat

The fabric glows when the pious point it toward the Muslim holy city.

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Prelinger Archive

How Road Maps Were Made in the 1940s

An educational film from Chevrolet explains what it took to make an accurate map.

Impure Blog

Visualization of the Day: The Population Growth of 590 Cities

This chart might break your brain.

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Get Ready for Pizza Vending Machines, America

Is this what passes as "genuine Italian pizza" nowadays?

iPoo

Toilet Tuesday: Of Course There's an App for Pooping

Our weekly look at the loos that matter.

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U.S. Census Bureau

A Month of Emergencies in America, in GIF Form

Mapping where emergencies are happening in the U.S.

Google

Google's 'Street View' Hits the Hiking Trail

Carrying a 40-pound rig with 15 cameras in it, no less.