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ORNL Model Explores Location of Future U.S. Population Growth

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Researchers have developed a population distribution model that provides unprecedented county-level predictions of where people will live in the U.S. in the coming decades.

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Immigration, Taxes, National Security, Jobs and the Economy: Experts Needed on Obama's State of the Union Tuesday

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Bicyclists Willing to Ride Up to 3 Miles to Catch Bus, Train

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Only about 2 percent of commuters in three metro areas - Atlanta, the Twin Cities and Los Angeles - reported pedaling their bicycles to the transit station, suggesting the need for better infrastructure, the UF researcher says.

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Social Equity in Urban Transportation Planning

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Most cities’ transportation plans evoke a complex blend of environmental, economic, and social-equity goals – all aimed at promoting “sustainability.” Yet, many fail to include meaningful measurements of social-equity objectives, according to researchers at McGill University.

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Digital Divide Resources and Experts Now Available from the National Communication Association

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Not long after the World Wide Web gained acceptance by the general public in the early 1990s, scholars, policy makers, and others detected significant discrepancies in use among different groups of people. Dubbed the “digital divide,” the gaps in usage were especially significant along socioeconomic and racial/ethnic lines. While the digital divide has narrowed as technologies become ubiquitous throughout society, discrepancies still exist.

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Open Streets Initiatives Benefit Physical, Social Health of Communities

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Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. Although the movement is gaining popularity in the United States — more than 100 different cities have hosted Open Streets events since 2008 — little is known about planning and implementing them. In a new paper Amy Eyler, PhD, and Aaron Hipp, PhD, both assistant professors at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, explore the development and implementation of Open Streets initiatives and make recommendations for increasing the capacity of organizers to enhance their success.

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Wireless Sensors and Flying Robots: A Way to Monitor Deteriorating Bridges

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As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, Tufts University engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities monitor the condition of bridges in real time.

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No-Power Wi-Fi Connectivity Could Fuel Internet of Things Reality

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University of Washington engineers have designed a new communication system that uses radio frequency signals as a power source and reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide Internet connectivity to battery-free devices.

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More California Gas Stations Can Provide H2 Than Previously Thought

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A study by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories concludes that a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach.