Tech

How Google Street View Could Help Post-Sandy Staten Island

Residents worry the photos will hurt property values. But the site could raise the kind of awareness the "forgotten borough" will need as it rebuilds.

Russian Motorist Films Own Attempt at Aiding Plane Crash Victims

The man ventured into the eviscerated fuselage to retrieve a wounded woman after Saturday's accident at Vnukovo Airport, which killed five crew members.

Wikipedia's Most Popular Pages, in 35 Languages

The French want to know about ornamental holly, Germans are curious about cul-de-sacs, and the Vietnamese are reading up on sex positions.

Don't Complain When Your iPhone Gets Stolen in New York

Apple theft is so bad it's having an effect on the overall crime rate.

The Best Green Ideas of 2012

A personal, eclectic list.

The History Behind Why NYC Drops an 11,875 Pound Ball on New Year's Eve

Wouldn't explosions in the sky be preferable?

Our Favorite Apps of 2012

The city-focused mobile technology we had the most fun with this year.

Art Installation of the Day: Paper Boats on London's Canary Wharf

Like being a kid again...a kid with state-of-the-art technology and materials.

Maps

What Produces More Light Pollution in Australia: Cities or Wildfires?

Parts of the outback are lit up with so much flame they look like huge metropolises at night.

9 Technologies for Building the 'Road of the Future'

Cities around the world are reinventing the highway with things like de-icing pavements, color-changing paint and wind-powered street lights.

The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Our annual look at the extensive information now available from city governments, and the tools people are building with it.

Videos

Temperature of the Day: -41, in Novosibirsk

Colder than the frost on a champagne glass!

Maps

A New, Highly Detailed Image of North Korea's (Lack of) Electrical Infrastructure

The energy disparity between Pyongyang and its neighbors is clearer than ever in this awesome NASA satellite shot.

Google Maps Is Back

The app - complete with voice-guided turn-by-turn directions - is now available for the iPhone.

Videos

The Effects of Climate Change in One Gorgeous, Terrifying Video

The largest iceberg breakup ever caught on film.

Maps

Watch This Anxiety-Provoking Simulation of U.S. Births and Deaths

The screams of the newly born and grim silence of the dying is visualized in this statistical tango that's mesmerizing to watch.

What It Really Takes to Foster an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Investor Brad Feld thinks cities need to let go of the idea of becoming the next Silicon Valley.

Apple Maps Are So Bad They Just Might Kill You

In Australia, the maps are leading motorists into the middle of the desert.