The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

To help flatten the curve of Covid-19 cases, universities across the nation have closed, and many professors are scrambling to transition to teaching online.Both of us have experience teaching lab courses in person, which often already involve an online interface for sharing syllabi, files, grades, and to foster student discussion.

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Covid-19 is bad news for the automotive industry, and even worse news for the electric vehicle proponents .The Navy will deploy two hospital ships to help with the coronavirus response, but a surgeon who served on one of them doesn’t think it’s a great place to treat infectious disease patients.

The Python Programming Language Is More Popular Than Ever

The Python Programming Language Is More Popular Than Ever

That milestone is all the more significant given a sometimes rocky transition from the second version of Python, which the language's developers stopped supporting this year, to the third version.

Fits and Starts for Autonomous Vehicles, and More Car News This Week

Fits and Starts for Autonomous Vehicles, and More Car News This Week

The Air Force is getting into flying cars .The federal government has taken a hands-off approach to self-driving cars—but it stepped in to halt passenger trips on a model of autonomous shuttle.

The Biggest Apple Maps Change Is One You Can't See

The Biggest Apple Maps Change Is One You Can't See

Apple yesterday touted a “new” version of Apple Maps, one that includes faster navigation, more detailed roads, real-time transit updates, lists of favorite places, and access to Look Around, street-level 3-D imagery that’s similar to Google’s Street View .

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

An Origin Story, Smart Headlights, and Other Car News

Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving unit, hosted a big party in San Francisco to launch Origin , an electric six-seat, steering wheel-free vehicle that it says is the future of shared autonomy.

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

Once they set Spot’s path by joysticking it around so it can remember the route, then they can let Spot autonomously roam the site, doing the work of a human who’d have to wander around doing the same.

Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

Now It's Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

In a 2013 poll by Spiceworks, 26 percent of respondents projected that they wouldn't migrate away from Windows XP before Microsoft ended support for that operating system in 2014.

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Millican's presentation at the conference, in fact, wasn't about how Facebook plans to pull off the transition to default encryption for Messenger, which currently offers the feature only through its Secret Conversations mode .

When the Transportation Revolution Hit the Real World

When the Transportation Revolution Hit the Real World

And that was 2015—just the halfway point of the decade in which the software-loving tech industry charged into the physical world of transportation.Nissan targeted 2020 for the market debut of its self-driving car.

Space Photos of the Week: 2019 Transit of Mercury

Space Photos of the Week: 2019 Transit of Mercury

)Photograph: Bill Ingalls/NASAWhen NASA’s MESSENGER mission was in orbit around Mercury, it took photos of the planet in unprecedented detail, including this photo of the rim of the Rembrant basin.

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Two years ago, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing 81 North American cities, published its first planning guide to self-driving vehicles , highlighting the possibilities.

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

So as you watch all seven hours of the Town Hall tonight, as I’m sure you will, look for the ways candidates talk about the policy course they plan to follow, not just because it’s important for, like, saving the planet and stuff, but also because it’ll provide a clue to what election strategy they hope to pursue.

Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched

Free Bus Rides in Salt Lake City Might Not Be So Far-Fetched

If a leading candidate for mayor gets his way, residents of Salt Lake City may soon be able to drop their transit cards from their wallets, purses, and pockets, Former state senator Jim Dabakis wants to eliminate fares on the six-county Utah Transit Authority network of buses and light rail.

Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders

Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders

Capitalizing on the spread of smartphones and mobile ticketing systems, which make personalized rewards much easier to administer, transit officials around the country are preparing for your daily commute to score you complimentary drinks, gift certificates, even free rides.

Transit Agencies Turn to Uber for the Last Mile

Transit Agencies Turn to Uber for the Last Mile

By swiping to a special screen inside the app, Uber riders can travel to within 800 feet of 24 eligible bus stops and then transfer to a bus for free.“In our county, we really are trying to change the culture so that more people are using public transit rather than thinking about putting their car on the road,” says Janet Long, a Pinellas County commissioner and chair of the transit authority board.

LA’s Plan to Reboot Its Bus System—Using Cell Phone Data

LA’s Plan to Reboot Its Bus System—Using Cell Phone Data

So it's cool that Cheung, senior executive officer for service development, scheduling, and analysis at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority—or Metro for short—is in charge of NextGen, a study to reimagine the city's bus system.

Punny SUVs at the NY Auto Show and More Car News This Week

Punny SUVs at the NY Auto Show and More Car News This Week

At the New York Auto Show this week, Genesis showed off its charming little Mint concept, an appropriately verdant electric two-door it probably won’t build. On the floor of the New York Auto Show this week, Genesis showed off its sweet little Mint concept, an electric two-seater with a very abbreviated sedan body.

What Will Be the Right Price to Cut Congestion in New York?

What Will Be the Right Price to Cut Congestion in New York?

Set a lower price, and make it too inexpensive and convenient to drive, and the city will raise lots of money for subways—but not relieve much congestion. Fortunately for New York, a bunch of other cities have used congestion pricing to reduce traffic and raise money for years, with mixed success.

The Age of Congestion Pricing May Finally Be Upon Us

The Age of Congestion Pricing May Finally Be Upon Us

Los Angeles Metro officials, searching for a way to pay for 28 ambitious transportation projects by the time it hosts the Olympics in 2028, have floated a suite of congestion pricing ideas : charging drivers per miles traveled, or turning carpool lanes to toll lanes, or levying fees on those entering busy neighborhoods during busy times.

Uber Sues NYC to Kill Its Ride-Hail Car Cap

Uber Sues NYC to Kill Its Ride-Hail Car Cap

In its lawsuit, filed in a New York state court Friday afternoon, Uber argues that the one-year freeze on ride-hail vehicle licenses is anticompetitive and exceeds the city’s authority.

Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

And while Uber and Lyft have grabbed headlines for convincing people to abandon transit in big cities like New York and Chicago, the TransitCenter advocates argue that the effects of those services are limited to just a few dense, urban places.

The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

And indeed, the resolution’s transportation recommendations are sweeping: that the country invest seriously in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, in “clean, affordable, and accessible” public transit, and in so much high-speed rail that air travel is no longer necessary.

Investing in resource efficiency – the economics and politics of financing the resource transition

Investing in resource efficiency – the economics and politics of financing the resource transition

This transition can contribute to sustainable economic growth that generates welfare, while limiting harmful impacts on the environment and hence future generations.” Ángel Gurría, Secretary General, OECD (from Preface, Flachenecker & Rentschler, 2018 ) The need for more resource efficient and circular economies High and volatile resource prices, uncertain supply prospects, rising demand, and environmental impacts – various factors are putting increasing pressure on policy makers, researchers, firms, and investors to explore pathways towards sustainable and efficient resource management.

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

Los Angeles Is Now Offering Car Rides to Metro Stations

The city of Centennial, Colorado, ended a one-year pilot offering riders on-demand Lyft trips to transit in late 2017, after finding that the service cost twice as much as its old call-a-ride option and provided only about 10 trips a day.

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

And of the women who said they wouldn’t use the nearby transit option, 20 percent said they were avoiding the line for fear of harassment or for their safety—on the train, at the station, or on the walk to and from it.

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

“There are liberals or progressives who oppose climate change, but they definitely don’t want that multifamily apartment building to go up next to transit if it’s in their neighborhood.” That’s what Wiener says he found in his initial efforts to link development and transit in California last year.

Ford Axes its Chariot Shuttles, Proves Mobility Is Hard

Ford Axes its Chariot Shuttles, Proves Mobility Is Hard

When Chariot launched in 2014, it joined a wave of Uber-inspired "microtransit" tech companies hoping to disrupt transportation services by providing faster, more efficient options for riders sick of—and underserved by—traditional public transit.

New York Has Averted a Subway Line Shutdown. Now What?

New York Has Averted a Subway Line Shutdown. Now What?

New York City's plans to dodge transit disaster during the L train shutdown included building more infrastructure for cyclists, bus riders, and walkers.

Smash Barriers to Bike-Sharing With Closca’s Telescoping Helmet

Smash Barriers to Bike-Sharing With Closca’s Telescoping Helmet

Smash Barriers to Bike-Sharing With Closca’s Telescoping Helmet In folded form, the Closca helmet is about half of its expanded size, and svelte enough to slide inside a backpack, messenger bag, or large purse.