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From Personalized Climate to Trash Trackers, Researchers Explore Radical Redesign of Cities

MIT's Senseable Cities Lab advocates using social media to build “open source,” sustainable urban spaces

Imagine a room “smart” enough to know just how hot or cold you’re feeling throughout the day. Better yet, imagine that this room is capable of regulating the bubble of air around you to the perfect temperature for maximum comfort. No more…
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by: Hanna Morris – July 10, 2014

Planning a Day at the Beach? Check the Water Quality First

Ten percent of America’s beach waters fail to meet EPA’s new safety standards, says NRDC report

Towel, check! Sunscreen, check! Flip flops, check! Water quality testing kit, check? According to a report released today, summer getaways to the sandy shoreline may be more damaging to personal health than good. The Natural Resources Defense Council’s 24th annual beach report,…
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by: Hanna Morris – June 25, 2014

National Aquarium Considering Ending Its Captive Dolphin Exhibit

Move could be an industry game-changer

In hindsight, “good” ideas often fail to meet expectations. A 1980s-style perm, the 2013 Baz Luhrmann production of The Great Gatsby and, though still under intense debate, the exhibition of captive dolphins. In May, John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium in…
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by: Hanna Morris – June 19, 2014

New Technologies Key for Biodiversity Protection

Online databases, smartphone apps and crowd-sourcing are making it easier to collect data on at-risk species, says study

Picture a schoolyard in spring. Toddlers are at play on iPhones, elementary school children skillfully jostle through the realm of Angry Birds, teenagers master coding homework on their laptops. To the keen (and not so keen) observer, the fight against new technology…
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by: Hanna Morris – May 29, 2014


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