Inside the Secret Building That's Bringing Cell Service To NYC's Subway

As Hurricane Sandy revealed almost two years ago, New York's 100-year-old subway is not a modern and robust system. In fact, compared to other cities, it's downright dirty, unpredictable and technologically behind. But the Metro Transit Authority is currently dragging it into the future—and I got the chance to go… » 7/01/14 2:00pm 7/01/14 2:00pm

Head Injuries Actually Went Down In Cities With Bike Share Programs

Last week, the internet was aflutter with news of a study showing how head injuries rose in cities with bike share—at least according to the media. But it turns out that most of us were making a major error in interpreting the data, as CityLab explains today. In fact, head injuries actually went down overall. » 6/16/14 3:00pm 6/16/14 3:00pm

This Giant "Straw" Will Suck Vegas's Water From the Desert

Las Vegas gets 90 percent of its water from Lake Mead, the lake created by the Hoover Dam about 45 miles away. It's also a lake that's only half full—with water levels that are decreasing every year. Now the city must dig a massive tunnel that will dip deeper into the lake to ensure Las Vegas's water supply doesn't… » 6/12/14 6:40pm 6/12/14 6:40pm

The IOC Is Ruining the Olympics, But Rio Could Save Them

The International Olympic Committee is having a bad month. No one wants to host the 2022 Olympics. The organization's obnoxious public haranguing has turned Rio into a media circus. Its World Cup counterpart, FiFA, is being investigated for insane bribery allegations. And ultimately, the IOC has got no one to blame… » 6/06/14 2:20pm 6/06/14 2:20pm

NYC Is Actually Building These Radical Storm-Proofing Systems

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy tore into NYC, the city's still not much more prepared than it was then. So news that the Federal government has doled out $540 million to fund a handful of flood-proofing infrastructure projects this week is a welcome surprise. Not to mention that the systems look pretty damn… » 6/04/14 12:00pm 6/04/14 12:00pm

The Decrepit, Unreliable Fire Hydrant Just Got a Brilliant Upgrade

These days, fires are rare enough that most of us rarely think about the state of our fire hydrants. But unfortunately, that also means we're ignoring a dangerously decayed piece of urban infrastructure. Except for a retired NYC firefighter and inventor named George Sigelakis, that is. Meet the fire hydrant of the… » 6/03/14 10:40am 6/03/14 10:40am

How Obama's Power Plant Regulations Will Transform Our Electric Grid

President Obama and the EPA have just taken their biggest and boldest step ever to fight climate change. The Clean Power Plan, unveiled by the EPA today, is far more important than the Keystone XL pipeline—if also far less sexy to slap on a poster. But these carbon-cutting regulations have the potential to transform… » 6/02/14 3:12pm 6/02/14 3:12pm

The Eerie Abandoned Railway That Could Become Philly's Next Park

When the Reading Viaduct opened in 1893, Philadelphia was a booming industrial city; the elevated railway quickly became an essential artery in the beating heart of manufacturing on the East Coast. Now, advocates want to turn it into a park that will wind its way through the city. » 5/27/14 12:40pm 5/27/14 12:40pm

Learn How They Laid the Transatlantic Cable Back in 1959

In this hyper-modern, satellite-powered wireless age, it's easy to forget how not too long ago our main connection to Europe was a single cable: the TAT-1. This, the first submarine transatlantic telephone cable was finally completed in 1956, just in time for operators to realize they needed a second. Guess what they… » 5/25/14 6:00pm 5/25/14 6:00pm

Hackers Broke Into a Public Utility Control Room By Guessing a Password

In a rare gesture of transparency, the Department of Homeland Security just announced that hackers recently targeted and compromised a public utility's control system. They didn't say exactly where, but it happened inside United States borders. And it doesn't sound like it was even that hard. » 5/21/14 1:15pm 5/21/14 1:15pm

11 Satellite Views of Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

Overhead satellite views are nothing special in this age of Google maps—but then, there's Daily Overview. From brick-making kilns to Nepal to Danish suburbs, the site's one image a day is consistently beautiful, weird, and illuminating of a larger story of how the Earth came to look this way. Here are some of Daily… » 5/21/14 9:07am 5/21/14 9:07am