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[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 - 12:09
When you think of the cities you’ve visited, you probably recall the skyline, the architecture or the quirky details of a city’s streets. You’re less likely, unless the place still had open sewers, to think of the smell. But, according to graphic designer Kate McLean, a city’s smells can be equally unique. Take Glasgow: when McLean, a graphic designer, set out to map the smells of Scotland’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 14:53
The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, at the University of Queensland, in Australia held its annual photo competition to celebrate the World Habitat Day as part of the activities related to the University Network Initiative (UNI) Partnership between worldwide universities and UN-Habitat. The winners of GPEM's World Habitat Day 2014 Photo Competition were announced on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 14:42
By Frances Bula VANCOUVER, Canada — When lit soft green or red, the five metal fingers forming something like a giant hand next to a bridge here look like just another wacky piece of public art in Vancouver. But those “fingers” are actually exhaust pipes. And they’re part of a bold experiment to change the way energy is delivered in this city. The pipes shoot out from a building under the bridge... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 - 09:37
Today, Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled designs for a new generation of London Underground trains. Transport for London plans to build 250 of the new trains to increase capacity in some of the busiest parts of the network: they’ll be introduced first on the Piccadilly line, then later on the Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City. And, at first glance, they are very shiny indeed. The video... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 09:38
Hungarian engineers have created the world's first electric composite bus following a three-year multi-million euro project that involved the combined effort of almost 40 Hungarian small- and medium-sized enterprises. Rather than being constructed with metal, the frame of the Modulo bus is built out of plastic which has resulted in a bus that is two tonnes lighter than conventional models. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 09:20
Imagine a building that self-regulates its temperature without electronics. A building that adapts, allowing outside air in as needed and eliminating the need for air conditioning, but that uses no energy in doing so.  A University of California-Berkley research team has developed a new type of “building skin” that can do just that, and they are offering their skin as a low-cost option... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 09:05
Last year, a documentary about Cairo won the prize for best Arab documentary at the Abu Dhabi film festival. It covers the period from 2009 to 2012, a time in which the Arab spring sprung, a revolution overturned Egypt's government, and the country’s first democratic elections took place. But Cairo Drive isn’t a film about politics. It’s a film about traffic. Traffic can seem to define Cairoites... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 08:59
India’s swift urbanization comes at an enormous cost: deteriorating health for city dwellers. Michael Regnier reports for Mosaic Science that obesity, diabetes and heart disease are on the rise as more Indians adopt urban lifestyles. Increased pollution, greater access to fast food and sedentary lifestyles are among the contributing factors. Thirty years ago, only five percent of Indians had... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 08:52
Bloomberg Philanthropieshas renewed a five-year US$125 million donation to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic accidents through itsGlobal Road Safety Programme. “This new funding will be targeted to cities where we can make the biggest difference, that have shown the strongest commitment to taking action, and that have the best ideas for making roads safer,” said Michael Bloomberg... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 12:07
By Cat Johnson Ridesharing, in its many forms, is a fun and practical aspect of the sharing economy. It's a way to reduce your carbon footprint, meet like-minded people, save money, and support new and innovative ways of getting around. It's a great way to enter the sharing lifestyle. International #RideSharingDay is a celebration of all things ridesharing. Celebrated around the world on October... Read more

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