SmartPlanet stories related to the world's densest areas of settlement -- how their geography, economies, politics, social characteristics and built environment impact their efficiency as a living, breathing system of systems.
The average person drinks a mere 5 cups per YEAR there. But pushers like Nestle and Starbucks could soon turn a nation of 1.3 billion people into addicts. Mwahahahahaha!
3 | May 3, 2013 4:27am |
Singapore is slated to lead per-capita income in 2050. Who else made the list?
7 | August 19, 2012 5:18pm |
Newly released footage offers a rare glimpse of the "Keret house," an architectural marvel measuring a mere three feet in width.
1 | October 23, 2012 4:30am |
Air pollution has become a childhood risk, with levels of deadly pollutants up to 40 times the recommended exposure limit in big cities.
12 | April 25, 2013 10:45am |
And how to sell there, where spending will increase by $1 trillion a year, according to McKinsey.
April 19, 2013 4:29am |
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's beaches beckon as increasing numbers of U.S. couples plan their weddings south of the border.
1 | April 24, 2013 1:42am |
This July, the NYPD will be releasing invisible, odorless, nontoxic gases to better understand how contaminants will disperse in accidents and attacks.
5 | May 5, 2013 10:46pm |
Will the fast-approaching World Cup give Sao Paulo residents the free public WiFi they have long been promised?
1 | May 15, 2013 4:54am |
Zipcar's co-founder believes resource sharing can create exponential change.
16 | May 6, 2013 4:39am |
A review of Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome, by James A. Fussell and Jeff P. Matovic
May 10, 2013 3:00am |
The Electric Power Research Institute sees drones as a potentially powerful tool to respond to power outages after big storms.
3 | May 15, 2013 11:09am |
Can a billboard improve water access in a desert megacity?
4 | February 27, 2013 10:03am |
Could we one day ride the rails from Chicago to New York in 6 hours?
75 | March 5, 2013 4:44am |
Susan Leal, author of "Running Out of Water," explains why we're in the midst of a global water crisis, what we can do about it and why the U.S. needs a cabinet-level position for water.
37 | October 27, 2010 1:54am |
International lighting designers gathered in trendy Milan, where they were incandescent over the banning of traditional bulbs
21 | May 2, 2011 9:54am |
Well, the coldest inhabited one, anyway. Welcome to the village of Oymyakon, in Russia.
1 | January 23, 2013 4:24pm |
Fueled by connected devices, natural speech recognition has emerged from the research lab as the killer app for, well, everything.
4 | November 2, 2011 9:01pm |
A new financial tool called a "social impact bond" promises to change the future of development. Will malaria-prone Mozambique illustrate the benefits of investing over donations?
4 | April 16, 2013 3:00am |
HONG KONG -- Leisure farms just outside this gritty city cater to the weekend farmer.
1 | May 9, 2013 3:00am |
The U.S. airline industry is a leaner operation after years of financial hardship. And that's not boding well for travelers trying to get to and from smaller cities.
2 | May 8, 2013 12:00pm |