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Figuring out how to walk from A to B is easy in the age of online mapping tools. Just plug in two addresses and off you go. But sometimes getting to a place as quickly as possible isn’t the priority. Take a look at a project in which researchers tried to figure out a city’s “happy” routes.

Autonomous flying machines meet the entertainment industry. Whimsy and delight ensue.

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The odd tale of the Maxim Gorky, a 1930s flying Soviet propaganda machine.

Where do a zebra’s stripes, a leopard’s spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago — by the man who cracked the Enigma code.

Roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea describes his work on three new autonomous flying machines, including one that “knows” what to do when it loses a propeller. (Hint: it doesn’t crash.)

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Doug Menuez began photographing Steve Jobs in 1985, and then he spent 15 years immersed in the booming world of Silicon Valley innovation. Take a step back in time to see young titans in action.

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How Emily McManus checked out a few genealogy websites, and discovered a whole new family. Kind of.