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Tom Jacobs details the findings of a study out of France that finds evidence of what researchers call "green altruism"—or people treating each other better after period of immersion in a natural environment.
30 min ago   Pacific Standard
Michael Demkowicz says that steel, aluminum, and concrete are among materials we understand least, but all have big possibilities for engineers.
1 hour ago   MIT Spectrum
A deal may be near between energy and rail industries and the Department of Transportation to phase out the DOT-111 tank car—the same kind implicated in the horrific explosions of oil trains, particularly those carry Bakken crude from North Dakota.
2 hours ago   Bloomberg BusinessWeek
A study investigates the effect of air conditioning systems on air temperature and electricity requirements. The study's findings: the release of waste heat (via AC systems) exacerbates the nocturnal urban heat island, thus increasin cooling demands.
3 hours ago   Treehugger
After plans to create a transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly district in the Austin suburb of Leander fizzled due to the recession, the city has cut back minimum height and density requirements in the hopes of attracting more investment.
4 hours ago   Austin American-Statesman
Unlike the message of an annoying commercial, bigger may not be better in the real estate market. Residential developers in Washington D.C. have found that millennials like small studios, or micro-units, provided the spaces are well designed.
5 hours ago   The Washington Post
A pair of articles sounds separate warnings about what a future of autonomous vehicles will mean for law enforcement and fuel consumption. The warnings are far from the utopian ideal that many desire for the technology.
6 hours ago   Bloomberg
Extell Development Company made news last summer by proposing a luxury development with a separate entrance for below-market-rate units. Now that the project is full approved, New York councilmembers would like to expand anti-discrimination policies.
7 hours ago   Think Progress
In Chicago, speed cameras are proving effective at reducing speeds; in Philadelphia, a police commissioner is lobbying the state to allow the implementation of the cameras.
22 hours ago   Chi.Streetsblog
Victoria Dailey has some strong words for the palm tree in its various forms around Los Angeles in a long read for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
23 hours ago   Los Angeles Review of Books
Located between San Francisco and the East Bay, with harrowing on- and off-ramps for ingress and egress to the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island will soon add 8,000 homes, 500 hotel rooms, and 550,000 square feet of offices.
Yesterday   SFGate