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Here's How NASA Thinks We Will Find Aliens

The agency thinks we'll find life on other planets soon, but we may not be exchanging messages for a while.

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NYC Taxis: A Day in the Life

Follow a Real New York Taxi's Daily Slog

Thirty days, 30 random cabbie journeys based on actual location data.

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What Does Your City Look Like From Space?

A new website lets you check out photos taken by astronauts of specific spots on Earth.

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James West and Jaeah Lee

Inside Yingli, the Giant Chinese Solar Company Sponsoring the World Cup

You’ve seen their logos on the sidelines, now get a peek inside the company trying to transform the world.

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Traffic Lights Are Coming to a Restroom Near You

Tooshlights aim to shorten public bathroom lines and offer more privacy.

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Indian Mobile Services Are Now Charging Users Like Cable Companies—One Site at a Time

"Unbundling the internet" could save consumers money by linking them to only their favorite websites.

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Google Maps Has Finally Added a Geodesic Distance Measuring Tool

Helicopter owners and tech-savvy birds, rejoice. You can now map the literal shortest distance to your destination.

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Car Insurance Companies Want to Track Your Every Move—and You're Going to Let Them

The future of the average insured driver lies in telematics. 

Constantine Valhoulis

New York City Musical References, Mapped

Music is embedded in the streets, like the streets are embedded in the music.

Kriston Capps

The Nerd Garage of Your Dreams

With state-of-the-art equipment and courses on 3-D printing and personal prototyping, TechShops could change the face of manufacturing. 

Google Places

Restaurant Owner Sues Google for 'Sabotaging' Weekend Sales

The proprietor of D.C. eatery claims that an incorrect—and unvetted—listing on Google Places drove him out of business.

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Become Instantly Addicted to This Google Maps Geography Trivia Game

 "Smarty Pins” uses miles as a scoring system—run out and you’re done.

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Google’s Street View Cameras Are Touring Museums and Taking Selfies

Art galleries have a lot of mirrors, and the robots are snapping oddly compelling pics of themselves in front of them.

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A New Database Aims to Keep Los Angeles from Forgetting Itself

SurveyLA is using a pilot version of special software to document the city's historic architecture. Yes, L.A. has some of that.

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This Exercise App Tracks Trends on How We Move In Different Cities

The developers of Human have complied user data into stunning visualizations that show how and where we get around.

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The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet. 

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5 Lessons U.S. Transit Systems Should Learn from London

At the top of the list: Get people on board with annual fare increases.

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A New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' Plans

The Municipal Art Society has created a resource to alert residents to neighborhood building plans they'd otherwise never get to weigh in on.