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Why Tap-and-Go Transit Fares Are Kind of a Big Deal

Lower costs, ridership barriers, and passenger congestion are among the possible benefits.

The White House

Bringing Broadband to Kids Who Really Need It

A White House initiative to bring broadband to low-income students could help free up community-based services everywhere.

Jakub Geltner

Art That 'Infests' Natural Spaces With Invasive, Man-Made Species

A Prague-based artist composes sculpture that examines how urban technology spreads like its own life form.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Poor Customers Pay the Price for America's Crumbling Water Infrastructure

Overwhelmed by dilapidated pipes, more cities are privatizing their water systems. But is anyone winning besides corporations?


A Trippy Visualization of 24 Hours of Flights Over London

Watch more than 3,000 flights compete for space on only six runways.


New York City Is Turning Smart Garbage Bins Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

Solar-powered Bigbellies offer enough bandwidth to power a startup.

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

It's About to Get Easier For California Farmers to Conserve Water—And Sell It

One startup wants to fix California’s water market. But shouldn’t the state be doing more?

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When You Give a Tree an Email Address

The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.

Loiste Interactive

Who Knew a Video Game About Infrastructure Could Look So Cool?

Grab your flashlight and start fixing a dangerous, crumbling mining city in INFRA.


Apps Don't Need GPS Data to Know Where You Are

We’re creatures of habit. And for some third-party apps, that means we’re easy to find.

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New York Wants Google Maps to Discourage Left Turns

The safety precaution would fit in with the city’s larger Vision Zero push.

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Psychedelic Maps Made With Google's 'DeepDream' Code

When you apply Google’s artificial neural networks to cartography, the hills literally have eyes.

DB Export

Power Your Car With a Biofuel Made From Beer

“Brewtroleum” is reportedly the first-ever fuel produced from used yeast.

Courtesy of Cruise Automation

Turn Your Conventional Car Into a Driverless One for 10 Grand

Cruise Automation’s RP-1 conversion system is now being tested on California highways.

REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

A Wide-Reaching Plan to Give More Solar Power to the People

The Obama administration announced plans Tuesday to make solar energy more affordable for renters and those living in federally subsidized housing.

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Would You Use an App to Pick Up Your Trash?

Here’s what Uber-for-garbage plans to do for the dirty world of waste management.

Courtesy Ford Motor Company

Ford Tries to Figure Out Bicycles

The company’s Info Cycle project aims to improve the understanding of how urban streets work for cars and bikes alike.

Growing Underground

Inside London's New Subterranean Urban Farm

The farm, located 115 feet below a busy South London street, uses hydroponic techniques to grow pesticide-free crops.