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How Lasers Will Give the U.S. East Coast Precise New Post-Sandy Maps

September 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ten months after Superstorm Sandy made landfall on the U.S. East Coast, causing over $65 billion in damage and bringing New York and New Jersey to a standstill, one consequence of the storm is just now coming into focus: its impact on the shape of the coastline, underwater and above....

Get Ready for More Nights Without Power

August 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Northeast blackout of 2003, the largest power outage in North American history. For a while, this colossal disaster was a shared reference point for millions. We salvaged a tub of ice cream on the roof, hitched a ride home with strangers, directed traffic...

Streetview Hack of the Day: Animate Segments of the Road

April 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We've all double-clicked our way down a road or two in Google Streetview, trying to get a stitched-up sense of a neighborhood or a landscape. I'm happy to say that tactic will soon seem as antiquated as visiting the place itself. The Labs division of Toronto-based UX team Teehan +...

Imagine a Digital Library in Every Bus or Train

March 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's never a wasted moment when you have a smartphone, for better or for worse. Even underground users can patronize the "virtual supermarket," billboards that helps you make a shopping list later delivered to your door. A group of students at the Miami Ad School envision putting that technology to...

New York's Real-Time Snow Plow Map to Get its First Major Test This Weekend

February 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow PlowNYC, the interactive map that allows New York City residents to watch their army of plow-nosed garbage trucks deploy through the city in real time, will have its first test this weekend. Unveiled during last year's mild winter, it has yet to receive the same publicity as a similar program...

Fortress America: How the U.S. designs its embassies

September 17, 2012 The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is an unusual building. For one thing, it’s over 10 stories high -- most embassies are much shorter. For another, it’s right in the middle of downtown Cairo, in a posh area called Garden City, a stone’s throw from the Nile and a short walk...

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