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NYC Launches Free Gigabit Speed Wi-Fi Network

To the five boroughs: you’re getting free, superfast Wi-fi.<p>That’s right, New York City’s public spaces are going wireless thanks to a public-private consortium that’s bringing gigabit wi-fi connectivity through something called the LinkNYC network. The city estimates that the new Wi-fi capability, …

2014's Best Hotels in The World

Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014.<p>Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014. <i>Via HarpersBazaar.co.uk</i>

A Cartography Exhibition Uncovers Fascinating Maps About the Bay Area

At SPUR, a new exhibition entitled Urban Cartography surveys map making in the digital age.<p>Today, you can find maps that document the smells of a city; you can explore the demographics of the entire nation in a single graphic; a real-time "wind map" depicts atmospheric condisions. These are just a …

Urbanism

What Am I Entitled To When My Flight Goes Wrong?

<i>A:</i><p>As airlines pack more passengers than ever onto each plane, a single storm can reverberate through the system—leaving flyers stranded as agents scramble to find ever-rarer empty seats on later flights. But you aren't entirely at the mercy of the airlines. Should your itinerary be delayed, …

Flying

Phase transitions: steam engines, Dark Matter and the Higgs

How the physics of the industrial revolution now connects cosmology and particle physics<p>We had a particle physics seminar at UCL on Friday; we usually do. This one was from Malcolm Fairbairn and was mainly about Dark Matter.<p>“Dark Matter” is the mysterious stuff which we postulate to explain several …

This Paper Ticket Holds A Tiny Biological Machine

You can store the paper at room temperature, and all of its genetic and protein components will still work a year later.<p>The paper ticket you see pictured above is actually a little biology machine. It's a gene circuit stored on a slip of paper. To turn the gene circuit on, you simply wet the paper …