Technology

March 26, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Operation "Rialto" will lift some Venice buildings up to 3.3 feet in an effort to avoid the negative implications of sea level rise.</p>
Terra Daily
March 24, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Report ranks largest 50 US cities by their readiness for $4+ a gallon gas and $100+ a barrel oil prices</p>
Common Current
March 18, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>An innovative proposal seeks to deal with both vehicle and internet congestion by placing Wi-Fi access transmitters in cars driving through urban areas.</p>
Baseline
Feature
March 17, 2008, 5am PDT
Shannon Sanders McDonald, AIA
March 9, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Boston's nascent bike program turns to Google Maps for inexpensive help.</p>
Streetsblog
March 7, 2008, 10am PST
<p>By utilizing virtual reality software, students at UC Berkeley are recreating a historic stretch of Oakland, California's 7th Street, a historic hotbed of jazz and blues clubs during the 1940s and '50s.</p>
UC Berkeley
March 6, 2008, 10am PST
<p>By using telephone and voice over IP calling data, a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created detailed maps of calls between New York and other major world cities, painting a vivid picture of globalization.</p>
MIT News
March 6, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Researchers in Japan have created a live model of the so-called "shockwave" theory to explain traffic congestion.</p>
New Scientist
March 5, 2008, 2pm PST
<p>Idaho policymakers must make necessary investments and attract talent to succeed, according to a new report.</p>
Idaho Business Review
March 3, 2008, 11am PST
<p>In the San Francisco Bay Area, two public transit agencies are conducting trials with "Zero Emission Buses", or ZEBs. They are using different types of hydrogen fuel cell technologies, with very different results.</p>
San Jose Mercury News
March 3, 2008, 10am PST
<p>Ubiquitous access to GPS data and social software is generating a whole new breed of cartographers who are empowering themselves and others by mapping everything from community assets to occurrence of disease.</p>
In These Times
March 1, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>In this slideshow from <em>Slate</em>, Witold Rybczynski looks at public libraries from across the country and wonders how they will and should react to the increasingly digital age.</p>
Slate
February 22, 2008, 6am PST
<p>A group of researchers is using mapping and satellite data to help cities quantify their tree canopy cover -- a move that is spurring efforts to increase tree planting in cities across the country.</p>
Associated Press
February 19, 2008, 8am PST
<p>A civil engineer has proposed a plan to create a "satellite" backup city of the Turkish metropolis of Instanbul -- a city precariously sited in a major earthquake area.</p>
Discovery
February 17, 2008, 11am PST
<p>A look at how the city's sustainability initiative, PlaNYC, is leading to greener streets in more ways than one.</p>
Streetsblog
Blog post
February 14, 2008, 8am PST

Rethinking College Park

Route 1Is College Park, Maryland a great college town? Although the town is home to a top-ranked national research university that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland, the town pales in comparison with the nation's best-liked college towns, whether Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ithaca, New York, or Charlottesville, Virginia. In this post I describe one attempt to use the internet to improve an aspiring college town.

Robert Goodspeed
February 13, 2008, 5am PST
<p>Boise State University's Centre for Creativity and Innovation has created and index of creative cities that's found Boise to be just about as creative as cities such as Portland and Seattle.</p>
Boise State University Focus Magazine
Blog post
February 11, 2008, 7am PST


 The Strange Maps blog is an eclectic collection of maps, diagrams, and cartoons. Some graphics featured on this blog are informative, some are creative, and others are completely bizarre.The website is maintained by an anonymous blogger. The posted graphic is often accompanied by informative notes. Here is a list of 21 maps that I found interesting:

Abhijeet Chavan
February 6, 2008, 5am PST
<p>A train capable of reaching speeds of 224 mph has been unveiled in France.</p>
BBC News
Blog post
January 27, 2008, 11pm PST
As technology becomes more an integral part of planning and public outreach around planning, the need for a “creative touch” becomes increasingly important. While technology can increase the quality and quantity of public input, it can also diminish the quality of human interaction and creativeness. As we look for technologies that engage citizens, we also need to find ways to utilize art materials, maps and other visuals, and encourage storytelling.
Ken Snyder