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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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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.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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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.

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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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How Road Maps Were Made in the 1940s

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

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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?

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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.

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Google's 'Street View' Hits the Hiking Trail

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

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The Next Big Start-Up Wave: Civic Technology

Right now, civic-minded digital innovation is done mostly by volunteer hackathons and app contests. Code for America has a plan to change that.

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Welcome to 'Toilet Tuesday,' a Weekly Look at the Loos That Matter

Serving up the latest and most piquant of public bathroom news.

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11 of the Best Documentaries About Cities Streaming on Netflix

Profiles of cities, their people and their dramas.

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Climate Desk

An Interactive Journey Through New York's Roofscape Makeover

Witness the evolution of NYC's billion-square-foot roofscape in the face of climate change.

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What a Data-Rich Smart City Experience Could Really Be Like

How ubiquitous data and smart city infrastructure may change urban experience.

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Get Lost in Google's World Wonders Project

A specialized Street View collaboration with UNESCO has a lot to offer fans of urban exploration.