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.
In Times Square, a public art installation encourages New York visitors and citizens to face each other and relax.
1 | August 18, 2011 6:56pm |
A new web application allows parked drivers to auction off their parking spaces to others searching for an open spot.
7 | August 15, 2011 4:29am |
The Place Pulse project uses big data, massive number crunching and the power of 100,000 snap human judgements to figure out what, exactly, makes a place appealing
2 | August 12, 2011 10:00am |
The U.S. military lost contact with an unmanned hypersonic glider shortly after it began a test flight with a target to achieve 20 times the speed of sound.
9 | August 11, 2011 1:05pm |
A new site called I Had Cancer is offering cancer patients, survivors, and family members a chance to connect with other users who may be going through a similar experience.
1 | August 10, 2011 11:26pm |
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says the U.S. government is "mortgaging the future of this nation" by failing to support space exploration yet spending billions at war overseas.
12 | August 10, 2011 11:39am |
About 96% of participants in recent genomic studies trace most of their ancestry to Europe. This new project, Roots into the Future, hopes to boost the diversity of genetic databases.
August 9, 2011 4:33pm |
Why can't Americans come together over infrastructure policy? And why must the car dominate discussion? It's part of our aversion to social planning, Russell Shorto writes.
3 | August 8, 2011 8:01am |
Ford is combining interactive gaming elements to its 2012 Focus test drive to attract younger buyers.
5 | August 8, 2011 4:00am |
Installing rooftop solar panels to generate electricity could raise your home's market value by 3 to 4 percent.
4 | August 5, 2011 5:47pm |
Google's self-driving cars reportedly had their first public collision, sparking questions about who's responsible when an autonomous vehicle goes berserk.
5 | August 5, 2011 11:04am |
Bad light can hinder office productivity and road visibility. So why don't we improve it? Allison Schieffelin, chief executive at The Lighting Quotient, explains what's at stake.
August 5, 2011 5:30am |
The NRDC has launched a new web tool that shows you how vulnerable your county is to climate change's effects on extreme heat, infectious diseases, air pollution, drought, and flooding.
13 | August 4, 2011 8:07pm |
Two New York designers redesign the iconic doll's dream house to reflect modern style and environmental responsibility.
1 | August 4, 2011 2:43pm |
A start-up is refining a process to create solar films that will adhere to a buildings' glass facade, generating renewable electricity.
4 | August 3, 2011 8:35pm |
A fashion designer has come up with a way to turn spoiled milk into a environmentally-friendly wardrobe.
1 | August 3, 2011 7:08am |
Fuel cells as a prime power source don't make sense everywhere, but companies including Coca-Cola are investing in them. Some, such as Whole Food Markets, have even become repeat customers.
4 | July 27, 2011 2:32pm |
Vein recognition? Not vain at all. A new biometric system allows NYU's Langone Medical Center to scan patients palms and cut down on paperwork.
6 | July 26, 2011 11:27am |
If you're a fan of sustainable business practices, you might want to check and see if your favorite sports teams is part of the green sports cause.
3 | July 23, 2011 12:06pm |
The world's longest high-speed rail line opens for business, between Beijing and Shanghai. But not without a few technical problems.
7 | July 22, 2011 6:08am |