Technology

October 26, 2008, 11am PDT
In a trial run starting in December, monitors in one New York City subway station will display the exact location of every train on the line, giving riders a more accurate idea about how long they'll have to wait for the next train.
The New York Times
Blog post
October 24, 2008, 8am PDT
 Technology innovation – that’s all we need to solve the energy crisis!  Unleash American ingenuity and we’ll be able to cope with higher energy costs.  The Windmillmobile, should go a long way toward reducing petroleum consumption.  It seems to work fine unless there is a strong tailwind.  The engineers are still working on the sensor to fold down the windmill for garages and overpasses.  

 

Steven Polzin
Blog post
October 23, 2008, 11am PDT

Is it possible to condense two weeks of soaring rhetoric by politicians into a single graphic? Let's find out.

In my last post I covered free online tools for creating information graphics.  Here is a look at another free online tool that can be used to easily create sophisticated visualizations and information graphics.

Abhijeet Chavan
October 22, 2008, 9am PDT
The new 'oil shock' is one of plummeting oil prices and its effect on alternative technologies and energy. Combined with the credit crisis, the fallout in some green technologies is shown by difficulties in attracting capital and customers.
The Washington Post
October 20, 2008, 2pm PDT
Bernt Wahl is a pioneer of neighborhood mapping techniques. This profile in <em>Wired</em> profiles this growing industry, and Wahl's struggles with intellectual property. Who owns your neighborhood?
Wired
October 20, 2008, 8am PDT
Roy Gothie, a planner for the Maryland State Highway Administration, argues that 'only a societal decision to redefine an individual's rights regarding property can restore [Chesapeake Bay].'
Baltimore Sun
October 18, 2008, 9am PDT
Electric car start-up in Silicon Valley said Wednesday that it would lay off employees and delay production of its second car, the Model S, until 2011.
The New York Times
October 15, 2008, 12pm PDT
Raised and fortified homes in Beachtown, a community in Galveston, Texas, took a direct hit from Hurricane Ike, and survived, intact.
New Urban News
October 11, 2008, 11am PDT
Oil, gas and wind man T.Boone Pickens is clearly interjecting himself and his plan into presidential, and vice-presidential politics. Recently, he sat down with Sarah and Todd Palin to promote his plan of using natural gas as a transportation fuel.
Boone Blog
October 10, 2008, 11am PDT
Writing from the Connected Urban Development conference in Amsterdam, reporter Scott Smith says that "the sustainable future will be a networked future."
WorldChanging
October 8, 2008, 1pm PDT
John Barber laments cities' tendency to (rightfully) favor environmental consciousness over aestheticism. Low-carbon street lighting is the latest eco-trend to retrofit, and potentially blight, the streets of Toronto.
The Globe and Mail
October 8, 2008, 11am PDT
By 2020, New Jersey will have tripled its wind energy use.
Newsday
October 8, 2008, 10am PDT
Ottawa's high-tech sector has burgeoned. More of its residents are employed in fields of engineering and science than in any other Canadian city, making it a high-tech hotbed not unlike those of the U.S.
New Geography
October 7, 2008, 1pm PDT
In the Bay Area, where transit and cycling are encouraged and on the rise, cyclists are increasingly turning towards folding bikes to enjoy unrestricted access to the two major rail systems, BART and Caltrain, due to conventional bike limitations.
Inside Bay Area
October 6, 2008, 10am PDT
The explosion of amateur mapmaking opened up by online services like Google Earth has expanded the reach of maps for a variety of uses. Professional mapmakers, on the other hand, foresee problems of quality and accuracy.
The Globe and Mail
October 3, 2008, 12pm PDT
A new study finds that manufactured housing (also known as mobile homes), despite their reputation, offer important advantages for low-income households.
HUD User
October 3, 2008, 10am PDT
The architecture studio that won The History Channel's City of the Future competition last year has gotten some help making its ideas possible.
Architectural Record
October 2, 2008, 11am PDT
The implementation of WiMAX technology has been touted as the bridge to the digital divide. And while some less developed countries have taken advantage of its cost-effectiveness, U.S. companies seem more interested in the bottom line.
Next American City
October 2, 2008, 7am PDT
Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a pilot program that uses technology that detects wildlife in order to help drivers avoid hitting them.
Chicago Tribune
October 1, 2008, 12pm PDT
Norway's carbon emissions have increased 15% since imposing a carbon tax in 1991, unlike neighbor's Sweden and Denmark where emissions decreased with their carbon taxes. Unlike the oil industry which became carbon-lean, Norway's drivers didn't change
The Wall Street Journal