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March 16, 2017, 10am PDT
Saying that they believe in direct action and suspecting the motives of the State, a group of Portland anarchists are taking to the streets to fix potholes.
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August 3, 2012, 2pm PDT
An elderly woman in China has implemented an innovative traffic calming measure in her neighborhood. Could sex dolls replace stop signs at an intersection near you?
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June 29, 2012, 10am PDT
Filmmaker Dean Petersen noticed a troublesome step at the 36th Street subway exit in Brooklyn, and decided to find out how many people tripped over it. Video evidence shows this hazard in action.
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November 8, 2011, 12pm PST
In Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. But it shares one problem will all skyscrapers in Dubai - there is no central sewage infrastructure to accommodate the waste they produce.
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August 27, 2011, 1pm PDT
In Antelope Valley, Calif., questionable code enforcement practices encroach the Fifth Amendment taking clause while the obfuscation of facts by public officials mars the transparent aspect of the planning process.
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August 21, 2011, 1pm PDT
In Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood, a local with a wicked sense of humor has taken planning into his/her own hands, posting a plan to turn an empty eyesore of a lot into a public park.
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June 3, 2011, 10am PDT
Toronto artist Caroline Macfarlane found a rusted bicycle that had been locked to a bike rack for a very long time. She decided to make it into art, painting the whole bike neon pink and adding a basket of flowers. The city responded by fining her.
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May 19, 2011, 2pm PDT
Maggie Koerth-Baker digs into the history of monorails, and finds examples in the United States as early as 1876.
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April 20, 2011, 7am PDT
The Australian documentary series Dateline examines the enormous and unprecedented property bubble building in China [video].
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October 25, 2010, 11am PDT
Public domain activist Carl Malamud explains in this brief talk why he believes building, fire and safety codes should be taken out of the hands of the private companies that distribute them and made publicly accessible.
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October 13, 2010, 7am PDT
A group in Detroit has begun an effort to sell of one-inch parcels of land in the city for $1.
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June 15, 2010, 10am PDT
<em>Boing Boing</em> interviews author and futurist Bruce Sterling about global cities and how vastly expanding urban scale is not necessarily a problem.
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June 11, 2010, 6am PDT
Peter Vaernet, aka the "Mad Viking", transformed a pocket park known for drugs and violence into a safe, active place by bringing lots of women and children into the park.
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December 17, 2009, 2pm PST
Steorn, an Irish company that claimed six years ago to have invented an engine that puts out more energy than it uses, finally presents a model of the technology for the public to see.
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August 5, 2009, 8am PDT
At a digital security conference in Las Vegas, a presenter showed that newer "smart" parking meters can be hacked, giving the hacker free parking wherever they go.
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July 29, 2009, 5am PDT
Author Kurt Andersen's new book describes the last three decades as a period of wanton growth, from homes to waistlines. He sees the economic bust as a way to return sanity and size appropriateness.
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July 2, 2009, 12pm PDT
An Italian company is using an RC model submarine to run fiber optic cable through sewer systems.
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April 29, 2009, 12pm PDT
In this video, police in Denmark stop cyclists without helmets, hug them, and give them new helmets.
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April 8, 2009, 5am PDT
The P.U.M.A. is an experimental prototype that takes Segway technology and fits it to a two-person commuter car frame.
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February 3, 2009, 1pm PST
Brad Templeton, chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, hopes that robot-driven cars will become commonplace on our roads in the next decade or two.
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