"Virgin Births" Won't Save The Smalltooth Sawfish From Extinction

The critically endangered smalltooth sawfish was recently found to be capable of asexual reproduction. It’s an exciting discovery for many reasons, but breathless claims by the media that sawfish could save their species from extinction by resorting to virgin births are wrong, wrong, wrong. Let’s explore why. » 6/18/15 7:10pm 6/18/15 7:10pm

How Project InnerTube Helped Pull YouTube Out of the Gutter

Three years ago, YouTube had a big problem. People were watching YouTube videos on blogs, news sites and social media—everywhere but YouTube. As a result, the site’s 1 billion monthly viewers were only bringing the company $4 billion in revenue, less than what Netflix was skimming off just 50 million subscribers. » 5/17/15 1:00pm 5/17/15 1:00pm

Shenzhen's Towering City Within a City Will Battle a Tide of Smog

A few years ago, you'd probably never heard of Shenzhen. Now the tiny Chinese fishing village has grown into a certified megalopolis, with 10 million residents, a thriving tech industry, and a gorgeous world-class airport. To cement its rising status in the world economy, Shenzhen has announced its most ambitious… » 9/18/14 11:55am 9/18/14 11:55am

Inside the Futuristic Neighborhood Being Built Over a Busy NYC Rail Yard

On the west side of Manhattan, a new neighborhood is taking shape. This is Hudson Yards, a development that will turn a dreary section of Manhattan into a technologically advanced neighborhood of the future. But in order to do that, its designers are undertaking one of the most expensive and unusual engineering… » 7/18/14 2:16pm 7/18/14 2:16pm

The Coming Singularity, When All Suburbs Look The Same

Photographer Martin Adolfsson's book Suburbia Gone Wild, published earlier this year, documents the weird and expanding mirage of seemingly endless copies and duplicate environments called suburbia, like some poorly diagnosed spatial syndrome taking over the landscapes of the world from Mexico to Egypt, Thailand to… » 12/19/13 10:40am 12/19/13 10:40am

An Unusually Close Look At The Development Of Facebook Home

Facebook Home had its Android-only release in April and it's been sort of proliferating a little bit maybe? ever since. It lives in a weird space between operating systems and apps, but it's meant to be something you don't over-think. So don't think about. Just let it be a mostly successful immersive experience.… » 7/21/13 3:42pm 7/21/13 3:42pm