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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.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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.

Google

Become Instantly Addicted to This Google Maps Geography Trivia Game

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

Google

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.

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection

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.

Human

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.

Municipal Art Society

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.

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Radius Books/Alex Webb

Faces of a Shrinking Company Town

A new photography book explores Rochester in the 12 months following Kodak's bankruptcy filing. 

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Two Major Public Library Systems Are About to Start Lending Wi-Fi Hotspots

The New York and Chicago public libraries are both planning to experiment with new ways to bridge the digital divide. 

Washboard

Why We're Stuck With Coin-Op Laundromats

The only change that's coming to the growing laundromat industry is quarters. 

Chicago Cultural Center

Naturally, the Architecture of StoryCorps Tells Its Own Story

With a new physical exhibition space, StoryCorps is expanding the way it presents stories in Chicago.

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The Big Texas Plan to Copy Japan's High-Speed Rail Success

Texas Central Railway intends to build a Houston-Dallas line with private money.

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Cable Boxes Use an Absurd Amount of Energy, Even When They're Off

That innocuous little device atop your TV has a surprisingly large carbon footprint.