A new journal article by Eric Fraser assesses what went wrong with plans to bring wireless Internet access to the masses, finding that a hostile regulatory environment trumps even the best-laid plans.
Oct 8, 2010 Technology Review
In one of the most remarkable spurts of renewable energy investment in the U.S., six solar plants have been approved in six weeks in the California desert totaling almost 3 gigawatts. More are on the way, including new Stirling dish technology.
Oct 4, 2010 Grist
Is the isolation of personal rapid transit truly viable for mass transit?
Sep 29, 2010 TheCityFix
The Shweeb is a person-powered monorail that currently only exists as an amusement park attraction in New Zealand. But with a $1 million Google grant, the creator may yet see his dream of a commuter Shweeb system.
Sep 28, 2010 Popular Science
"Indoor positioning systems" are getting closer to reality, placing products at your fingertips by tracking them down within the store.
Sep 26, 2010 Directions Magazine
A new report from the Trust for Public Lands provides detailed and comprehensive data on city park systems in the U.S.
Sep 22, 2010 NRDC Switchboard
Transportation authorities are working with tools that no longer fit the challenges of modern travel or environmental necessity, says David Kooris, vice president of the Regional Plan Association.
Sep 22, 2010 New Urban Network
Do traffic signals need to be predictable? Researchers are experimenting with giving traffic lights a mind of their own, with the power to change with the flow of traffic, sensing when it would be most advantageous to be red or green.
Sep 21, 2010 Popular Science
Researchers in Europe are experimenting with a new kind of traffic light that better responds to traffic by monitoring the actual amount of cars on the road and estimating how long lights should stay green.
Sep 21, 2010 Gizmag
With infrastructure aging, technology is increasingly relied upon to assess the safety of bridges. Many places are finding that simple monitoring devices can help save money.
Sep 18, 2010 Governing