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I Quant NY

Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal

The I Quant NY blog mines NYC's massive data clearinghouse to visualize issues facing city dwellers, from education to eating.

Greensboro Historical Museum

Could Silicon Valley Become the Next Camden, New Jersey?

From phonographs to smartphones, no technology—or industry—is immune to change.

James Fremont/Flickr

What Congress Should Be Talking About When It Talks About a National Transportation Plan

There's a worthy federal infrastructure program staring America right in the face: broadband.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

Michael D. Spencer / Superpedestrian

If an Electric Bike Is Ever Going to Hit It Big in the U.S., It's This One

Is the Copenhagen Wheel poised to become the next big thing in alternative urban transportation?

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Here's How American Scientists Plan to Prevent the Next Nuclear Disaster

Updated design, safety protocols, and job training will help U.S. plants prepare. But improvements are "ongoing" and hard to quantify. 

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What Happens When Every City Has a Giant Ferris Wheel?

Observation wheels are reaching the point of ubiquity in tourist capitals. Is this trend ever going to slow down? 

Andy Warhol, Empire, 1964/The Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol's Film 'Empire' Turns 50

Celebrating one of the world's most famous skyscrapers on the day an equally famous artist filmed it. For a long, long time.

Christine Pulliam/CfA

Could Extraterrestrial Pollution Be a Sign of Life in Space?

A novel approach to the search for intelligent (or not so intelligent) beings. 

Where Restaurant Reservations Come From

A journey into the mysterious origins of the pre-arranged table.

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Chris Walker/Mic

Imagining the Gaza Invasion in Major U.S. Cities Through Maps

There are 1.8 million people in Gaza. What would that look like in your city?

Adidas

The Extraordinary Future of Shoes

Knitted footwear technology is poised to enhance sustainability and walkability alike.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

A New Site Allows You to Pay a Detroit Resident's Water Bill

Turn On Detroit's Water matches donors with Detroiters who are under water on their water bills.

AP/Cliff Owen

Testing a No-Cellphone Sidewalk Lane

A new National Geographic TV series captures pedestrians navigating—and ignoring—signs indicating a cell-free zone. 

Reuters/Gustau Nacarino

How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down

These cities aren't telling contractors what they want to buy. They're laying out problems they want to fix.

Time

Maps Designed to Stop Gas Explosions—and Help the Climate

The Environmental Defense Fund teams with Google Earth to detect hidden methane leaks.

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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.

Courtesy NASA, the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit

What Does Your City Look Like From Space?

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