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Can Seattle Go Any Greener?

The city looks to become a hub for smart building technology.


Car-Free Commuting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier in D.C.

Arlington County is developing a simple suite of tools it hopes can change the way people get to work.

Lewis Lehe/Dennys Hess.

A Nifty Visualization of the 'Vicious Cycle' of Bus Bunching

See how small delays can lead to big commuting headaches in this interactive.


Hybrid-Vehicle Batteries Are Disappearing in San Francisco

Inventive, no doubt muscular thieves have found a new target.

Carnegie Mellon University

A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Passengers Navigate Public Transit

Technology has the potential to improve accessibility by offering directions and guidance, but some remain skeptical.

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Contaminated and Unregulated: A Worrying New 'Water Atlas' of L.A. County

75 percent of the county’s 228 water systems are vulnerable in some way.

Call to Chicago / Flickr

Santa Monica Just Outlawed 80 Percent of Its Airbnb Rentals

One of the most aggressive moves yet in the online rental battle seems virtually impossible to enforce.

Flickr/Jimmy Baikovicius

What It's Like to Drone Over Buenos Aires

Zip through the skies of the Argentine capital with this new short film.

Karen Roach/

Berkeley Goes All 'Berkeley' With Cell Phone Warnings

The city wants retailers to caution consumers about RF radiation.

Eric Jaffe

Google's New Self-Driving Car Is About to Hit the Streets

Here’s everything you need to know about Prototype.


Pinpointing Ride-Hail Customers to Within Just a Few Feet

A London-based geocoding startup has developed a better way for e-hail drivers and riders to communicate with each other.


Brutal Parodies of Amazon's 'Life in Seattle' Recruitment Video

One line: “I can't imagine what this place must have been like before all the new money, colorful condos, and Ferris wheels.”

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The Problem With California's Water-Bottling Plants Isn't the Water

It’s the lack of transparency about the process.

Reuters/Rebecca Cook

Whole Foods Should Embrace Food Stamps

The chain could shed its “whole paycheck” image by being an ally to shoppers on food assistance.


Watch New York Subway Trains Run Their Routes in Real Time

LiveTrain NYC maps eight lines using actual train location data.

Brick Street View

Turn Your City Into Legos With 'Brick Street View'

A Google Maps mod invites you to be a kid again.

Delft University of Technology

The Weird, Wonderful Science of How Bicycles Balance Themselves

There's a whole line of study into how a moving bike can stay upright without a rider.

Arnold Schwartzman

Hollywood's Griffith Observatory at 80

A new book explores the architectural history and classic beauty of one of Los Angeles' most beloved attractions.