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Cities as ‘Powerhouses of Evolution’

A new book on urban ecology shows how quickly wild species living in cities can adapt to their surroundings.

May 12, 2018 - National Geographic

Artificial Turf

Bad Science Linked to Fears of Fake Grass

A college soccer coach's disproved theory that claims artificial truf causes cancer refuses to die.

May 25, 2017 - The Boston Globe

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What Makes a Planner an Urban Scientist?

Among other traits, science-minded planners must seriously reflect on what it is they know about their field, seeking good reasons and solid evidence for why they accept those things, writes Jodie Sackett, a Los Angeles County urban planner.

August 11, 2015 - UrbDeZine

New York Escalates Academic Building Boom

With nearly $10 billion in construction expected over the next five years (in addition to the $4.2 billion spent over the last five), New York City is in the midst of a higher education building boom being led by investment in science and technology

January 2, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Science Takes a Back Seat to Canada's "Resource Rush"

In an editorial for The New York Times, Verlyn Klinkenborg bemoans the Harper administration's silencing of scientists in favor of political ideology, resource extraction, and public ignorance.

September 30, 2013 - The New York Times

'Quantitative Urbanism' Reduces Cities to a Formula

Jerry Adler examines the emerging field of “quantitative urbanism,” which aims to use mathematical formulas to unveil and explain the universal properties shared by cities.

April 30, 2013 - Smithsonian

Can Science Save Planning from Extinction?

In a recent paper, urban theorist Stephen Marshall rehashes Jane Jacobs's criticism of city planning as a pseudoscience built "on a foundation of nonsense." Can science and design be reconciled to provide planning a more stable foundation?

December 7, 2012 - Scientific American

Sandy Changes Political as well as Physical Landscape

NJ's Republican Gov. Chris Christie heaps praise on President Obama, and the governor of the neighboring, hard-hit state, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has also stirred the political pot by going where no other pol has gone - linking Sandy to climate change.

November 2, 2012 - San Francisco Chronicle

The Science of Cities

Unprecedented urbanization calls for unprecedented planning, argues writer Tim De Chant. His proposal: a scientific model for responsive urban design.

September 1, 2012 - Per Square Mile

Cornell Is Chosen For Roosevelt Island Science School

Only three days after Stanford pulled out of the bidding, rival Cornell is to be announced as the university chosen to create a new science graduate school on Roosevelt Island.

December 20, 2011 - New York Times

Cooperation and the Evolutionary Biology of the City as Organism

Evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson is trying to understand how natural selection works at various levels. His new lab: the city of Binghamton, New York.

June 17, 2011 - Nature

Glowing Trees Light the Way

Researchers in Taiwan have discovered that gold nanoparticles can create luminescence in tree leaves, opening the possibility of glowing trees that cold act as streetlights.

November 14, 2010 - Gizmag

Science in the City

The latest issue of Nature looks at the implications of an increasingly urban world on the field of science, and the field's impact on cities.

October 21, 2010 - Nature

The Most Complex Piece of Architecture Created by Mankind

340KM above your head, the first human dwelling beyond Earth's surface has just been completed. Last week, a space shuttle launched on May 14 added the final building block to the $125 billion International Space Station.

June 8, 2010 - Building Design

The Periodic Table of City Planning Elements

Break out the Bunsen burner: Ric Stephens has broken down the science of city planning into this handy chart of elements.

May 6, 2010 - Ric Stephens

The Science of Resiliency in Cities

Resilience science has typically been applied to ecosystems. But now, scientists are starting to look at how it relates to cities.

February 18, 2010 - Seed

'Science City' Plans Could Boost Light Rail

Plans to build a group of villages near science and biotech office parks in Maryland could help the area secure federal light rail funding.

October 28, 2009 - The Washington Post

Electric Cars are Coming!

We're sorry to be buzz kills. But we've heard this one before. Like in 1990. And 1910. Do the automakers have the juice this time?

May 25, 2009 - Salon.com

Energy Revolution Needed To Solve Climate Change

Nobel laureate and new Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu is interviewed on what it will take to solve the climate change crisis - three major technological improvements plus carbon pricing. While no fan of coal, he acknowledges improvements are needed.

February 16, 2009 - The New York Times

Plants Forced To Evolve By Urban Landscapes

A team of researchers has shown that in urban landscapes -- such as in the cracks of sidewalks -- plant species must evolve their reproduction habits to stay alive.

March 8, 2008 - MSNBC

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