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Uber Takes to the Skies

July 19, 2016 As any 911 dispatcher or Pokémon Go player can tell you, the modern megalopolis consists of at least two layers. First, there’s the physical stuff that makes up the city. This is the asphalt, the fire hydrants, the refrigerators, the pick-up trucks, the trees arranged in neat rows. When you...

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The Library of Congress Gets a History-Making New Leader

July 14, 2016 The United States of America has a new librarian-in-chief. Carla Hayden, a former Chicago children’s librarian who rose to preside over the American Library Association and oversee Baltimore’s enormous free library system, was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday to lead the Library of Congress, the nation’s largest library and its...

Google's Satellite Map Gets 700-Trillion-Pixel Makeover

June 28, 2016 More than 1 billion people use Google Maps every month, making it possibly the most popular atlas ever created. On Monday, it gets a makeover, and its many users will see something different when they examine the planet’s forests, fields, seas and cities. Google has added 700 trillion pixels of...

The New App That Could Revolutionize How the Postal Service Delivers Mail

June 22, 2016 There is a city in central Florida where two homes have adjoining backyards. One of the houses sits on Anna Catherine Drive; the other faces Summer Rain Drive. You could scramble under a hedge and get from one property to the other in seconds. If you wanted to make the...

Navy Is Making a New GPS for Drone Submarines

June 15, 2016 To prepare for the possibility that it will one day deploy swarms of uncrewed drone submarines, the U.S. Navy is developing a system that will allow the global positioning system to function deep below the ocean’s surface. If successful, the technology could start to appear as soon as the 2020s....

The Navy Is Making a New GPS for Drone Submarines

June 14, 2016 To prepare for the possibility that it will one day deploy swarms of uncrewed drone submarines, the U.S. Navy is developing a system that will allow the global positioning system (GPS) to function deep below the ocean’s surface. If successful, the technology could start to appear as soon as the...

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POSYDON Is Like GPS, But for Underwater Drones

June 13, 2016 To prepare for the possibility that it will one day deploy swarms of uncrewed drone submarines, the U.S. Navy is developing a system that will allow the global positioning system (GPS) to function deep below the ocean’s surface. If successful, the technology could start to appear as soon as the...

No One Will Save You From Cellphone Tracking

June 3, 2016 Nearly everywhere your cellphone goes in the world, it is tracked. When you start or end a call, your cell provider logs a piece of data saying where your phone is in the world. When you send or receive a text, it logs the same kind of data. And every...

The Promise of Terrapattern: The Visual Search Engine for Satellite Imagery

May 28, 2016 Sometimes, a new tool comes into the world that is so expansively, obviously useful that you can’t do anything but sit back and think: wow. For me, at least, that’s Terrapattern, a visual search engine for satellite imagery, released this week by a team of artists and geographers at Carnegie...

How Facebook Could Tilt the 2016 Election

April 18, 2016 It’s November 6, 2016. The world is not in good shape. After years of historic lows, oil prices have rebounded—in fact, they have rebounded too well. Gas is now fast approaching $4 per gallon. High energy costs have kicked the Chinese economy into a depression, and the United States begins...