Tech

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Choosing the Paths Less Traveled? There's an App for That

BlankWays keeps track of which streets you've been down, and plots new, untraveled routes.

How Twitter Is Like a City

For dissidents like Ai Weiwei, the internet is fulfilling roles once played by urban space.

Maps

Google's Growing Web of Street Traffic Surveillance

The phone in your pocket could be monitoring traffic.

Parking Tool of the Day: The Digital Driveway Network

The online parking spot marketplace is heating up.

A Handy Guide to Global Warming Diseases

As temperatures rise, tropical diseases move into new territory.

Young People Aren't Buying Cars Because They're Buying Smart Phones Instead

How the rise of the internet has caused driving rates to fall.

What Mars Can Teach Us About Climate Change

Curiousity will offer critical insights into how the climate of Mars has changed over billions of years, lashed by solar winds.

Trees vs. Power Lines: Will We Have to Choose?

The debate over how to secure our nation's power grids comes courtesy of yet another climate change-related feedback loop.

Nerd Alert: Turn Google Street View Maps into Animated ASCII

An ingenious little program makes your city look like The Matrix.

Master Planning 7,935 Indian Cities and Towns

The Indian government is giving local officials satellite imagery to help plan their futures.

Seeing a City Through Instagram

A real-time stream of every photo taken in five cities.

Videos

Prototype of the Day: A Printer That Can Build a House in 20 Hours

Maybe it could even build structures on Mars.

We Want You: City Data Edition

A new portal will collect open streams from different cities, making for easier comparisons.

Does This 13-Foot-Tall Japanese Robot Really Exist?

We're calling B.S. on this fully armed, $1.3 million deathbot.

Maps

A Satellite Time-Lapse Wondermap

Watch 13 years of development and change on any point on the globe.

How the Internet Could Save America's Small Towns

Broadband offers the possibility, though not the guarantee, of connecting remote regions of the country in a new way to the national and global economy.

Is London's Air Up to Snuff?

How does England's air quality compare to that of past hosts, and could it affect athletes?

Why India's Massive Power Outages Get Fixed More Quickly Than D.C.'s

India's lights are back on within hours, not days.