Sky News 
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A “world first” $1bn scientific ghost city will be built in New Mexico to test the latest next-generation technology.
Researchers will use the facility in Lea County, near Hobbs, to look at everything from intelligent traffic systems and next-generation wireless networks to automated washing machines and self-flushing toilets.
The town will be modelled on the real city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, complete with roads, houses and commercial buildings, old and new.
No one will live there, although they could as houses will include all the necessities, like appliances and plumbing.
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