What Would It Take to Run a City on 100 Percent Clean Energy?

What Would It Take to Run a City on 100 Percent Clean Energy?

That means even a 100 percent renewable town might, from time to time, be sourcing its electricity from fossil fuels.

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

More than 150 years ago, a renowned physician named John Snow walked the gritty streets of London’s working-class Golden Square neighborhood, not far from his office in the city’s Soho district, knocking on the doors of residents felled by the cholera epidemic.

This Year I Found Pleasure in the Work of Looking

This Year I Found Pleasure in the Work of Looking

Today, our main access points to the people around us, and to the larger world, happen through screens—in the last 10 months, Zoom became the primary spillway for how we reconstructed IRL traditions digitally: birthdays, game nights, weddings, funerals, work meetings, therapy sessions, happy hours, group workouts, dance parties (and even sex parties ) took place through a fuzzy rectangular screen.

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

There is a long and deep Euro-American tradition of using Asian symbolism such as neon signs with Japanese and Chinese lettering to express those feelings about what the future holds, including globalization and the threat of a takeover from the East.

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Allowing state agencies to make the calls on ride-hail “unempowered cities,” says Marla Westervelt, a transportation policy analyst who worked at both LA Metro and the scooter-share company Bird.

Dead Drift: Adding Salmon Carcasses to Streams

Dead Drift: Adding Salmon Carcasses to Streams

Denny lays the lifeless fish in the stream steps back and watches the dead drift toward a log jam.Fish biologist Lytle Denny plants salmon carcasses.Denny watches flies feed on the dead fish he just planted.

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Every winter, volunteers from Seattle Mountain Rescue are dispatched to the sites of dozens of harrowing incidents: They rescue backcountry skiers buried in avalanches, help injured hikers descend slick trails—and once, they even removed the wreckage of a single-engine plane from a mountainside.

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Now, in a paper posted online in July, Klein and his advisers at the University of Washington, Anna Karlin and Shayan Oveis Gharan, have finally achieved a goal computer scientists have pursued for nearly half a century: a better way to find approximate solutions to the traveling salesperson problem.

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change

8 October 2020, Rome - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has welcomed a $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers in the world's most vulnerable countries fight the impact of climate change and to build sustainability.

The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

A giant white school bus known as Big Bertha puttered into a two-stoplight town far north on the Olympic Peninsula, in desperate need of a new battery, on the very day the town was on alert for a different bus, one full of violent antifa activists ready to riot.

Hulu's Monsterland Is America

Hulu's Monsterland Is America

Sharp-toothed mermaids swim in the oceans, demon-eyed horn players roam the French Quarter of New Orleans, shadows plot families’ destruction, a greasy pelican erupts from an oil company CEO’s body like the chestburster in Alien—but the real dread, and the real evil, usually comes from the regular people who cross these monsters’ paths.

Some Cities Are Plotting a ‘Green Recovery’ After Covid-19

Some Cities Are Plotting a ‘Green Recovery’ After Covid-19

But many Angelenos have now discovered a new sort of relationship with their streets.“People have felt they own their neighborhood again, they feel connected to it again,” Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles’s mayor, told the Guardian in reference to streets that have reduced traffic, or even had it closed off, as offices, retailers and restaurants shut down.

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

Mitchell says law enforcement agencies routinely use tools that trawl social media for posts on particular topics, and that they have been used, for example, against people protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.“If you live in the United States and you’re exercising your rights to free speech and assembly to march and demonstrate, you might not realize that the entire time there’s a lot of data being vacuumed up and used against you,” Mitchell said.

Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’

Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’

“The focus became the work we need to do before we deploy new technology, especially in BIPOC communities who don’t trust the city to necessarily represent their interests,” says Kevin Martin, who leads Smart City PDX.That group drafted the ordinances that made Portland the first major US city to restrict private as well as public use of face recognition.

Asbestos Removal Is a Hard Job, but Covid-19 Makes It Harder

Asbestos Removal Is a Hard Job, but Covid-19 Makes It Harder

But while the timing makes sense for cities, it’s not so great for abatement workers, whose occupational risks make them especially vulnerable to serious complications of Covid-19.Judging from its physical properties alone, asbestos is useful stuff: The naturally occurring mineral’s long, fibrous crystals absorb sound and resist fire, heat, and electricity.

How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing

How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing

Data Visualization: Zoë Hitzig and Puja OhlhaverIn quadratic funding, the more states that participate in supplying $100 million, the more federal bonus funds their compact receives.Mathematically, this is accomplished by taking the square root of each state contribution as a first step.

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The cataclysm cut off telegraph communication with the East Coast, swamped the state’s new capital, and submerged the entire Central Valley under as much as 15 feet of water.

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

From a couple thousand feet up in Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator 2020, real-world mapping data from Bing Maps unfurls from the horizon.Mapping tools like Bing’s and Google Earth have long offered enough fidelity that an artist can rely on them to capture far-flung city scenes.

What Happens If Uber and Lyft Flee California? Look at Austin

What Happens If Uber and Lyft Flee California? Look at Austin

If they can’t get the ruling overturned or delayed, Uber and Lyft say they will stop operating in California, where both companies began.The week after Uber and Lyft left Austin in spring 2016 was confusing, drivers from the city say.

The Portland Protests Are a War Zone—but Only on the Internet

The Portland Protests Are a War Zone—but Only on the Internet

Protests in Portland following the killing of Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police in May, had dwindled to maybe 100 peaceful demonstrators per night before President Trump sent federal agents to the city, ostensibly to protect US government property.

What Would Happen If TikTok Was Banned?

What Would Happen If TikTok Was Banned?

LM : Yes. MC : And if you liked that book, I would recommend The Old Patagonian Express where he rides a train through South America.

A Wisconsin City Experiments With a Faster, DIY Covid-19 Test

A Wisconsin City Experiments With a Faster, DIY Covid-19 Test

Instead of sending samples off to a hospital or lab, and potentially waiting days for results, could you test for Covid-19 from the back of a van, or outside a school, or in a city-owned former boxing gym.

Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I

Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I

During World War I, this stretch of pastoral landscape, which the generals (and now historians) called the Ypres Salient, was one of the most heavily trenched, mined, mortared, bombed, gassed, pillaged, burned, and bullet-riddled places along the Western Front.

The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New Way to Study Wildlife

The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New Way to Study Wildlife

Some cities may have restricted driving, while others didn’t—researchers can look at both traffic and animal data to see how species in different areas adapted.

An Ohio City's Campaign Got More People to Buy Electric Cars

An Ohio City's Campaign Got More People to Buy Electric Cars

The electrification program, which Ars wrote about last year, involved several different approaches to getting more local residents to switch to BEVs. The city assembled a fleet of 12 BEVs and PHEVs for a "ride and drive" roadshow, visiting communities and places of work to give people an opportunity to try out an EV—something that just under 12,000 people did over the course of two years.

Ground-Penetrating Radar Mapped a Buried Ancient Roman City

Ground-Penetrating Radar Mapped a Buried Ancient Roman City

The ruins are deep underground, but a team of archaeologists from the University of Cambridge and Ghent University in Belgium have used ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to map the complete city.

Covid-19 Opens the Door for Gig Workers to Win Sick Pay

Covid-19 Opens the Door for Gig Workers to Win Sick Pay

An emergency ordinance passed by the Seattle City Council would require app-based companies such as Uber , Lyft , DoorDash, and Instacart to pay their workers a form of sick pay, based on the number of days they’ve worked for the company and the amount they’re earned.

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

At the 2018 United Nations climate meeting in Poland, the European Union and the Indian-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) signed a joint declaration that climate change activists say could help India meet its renewable energy target by 2022.

Curfews Halt Transit Services—and Leave Riders Stranded

Curfews Halt Transit Services—and Leave Riders Stranded

New York City officials stress that rideshare services are only offline for a few hours, from the 8 pm curfew until just after midnight, and the New York Police Department claims Citi Bikes and Revel scooters were shut down due to concerns people were using them for looting.

Games Don't Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch

Games Don't Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch

In early May, when Valorant was in closed beta, publisher Riot Games said it would make an effort to curb toxicity after several of the company’s female developers spoke out about harassment they’d received in-game.