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This Electric Bus Recharges At Bus Stops In Just A Few Minutes

As part of Sweden’s plan to eliminate fossil-fuel vehicles by 2030, a Stockholm suburb is experimenting with charging electric buses as they drive along their routes.<p>When a new hybrid-electric bus in a Stockholm suburb pulls up to the last stop on its route, it stays a few extra minutes after the …

Transportation

Gorgeous Bostanlı Bridge doubles as public park, designed for sunset watching

This beautiful footbridge in Izmir, Turkey, offers much more than a passage from one side of Bostanlı Creek to the other. The timber-clad bridge …

Madrid Will Ban Cars From Its Main Street

Gran Vía should be car-free within three years.<p>Visit Madrid’s Gran Vía in five years’ time and you won’t find a car in sight.<p>That’s the promise coming from the Mayor Manuela Carmena this week, following a lengthy debate over the future of the city’s main street. Talking on radio network Cadena Ser …

San Francisco Takes a Step Back From Raised Bike Lanes

Sometimes they just can’t prevent cars from parking in the pathway.<p>In the battle of cars versus raised bike lanes, the cars just won a small battle in San Francisco.<p>The city had planned on installing a two-inch raised, mountable lane on a section of Polk Street, where, on average, cars hit one …

World’s highest bridge opens to traffic in southwest China

A bridge suspended above a Chinese river by more than half a kilometre has now opened to the public – becoming the highest of its kind in the …

China’s Launching Drones to Fight Back Against Deadly Earthquakes

The 1556 earthquake that killed an estimated 830,000 people in the Shaanxi Province is but the deadliest example of China’s long history with the …

A Tale of Two Dams

Oroville and Folsom dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs.<p>Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter …

New Ten-Year Battery Could Make Wind Power Better Than Ever

No more worrying about if the wind isn't blowing.<p>Researchers at Harvard have developed a battery that could run for "more than a decade" with only minimal upkeep.<p>Anyone's who has ever had experience with lithium-ion batteries—that is to say, anyone who's owned a smartphone—is familiar with the …

16 Productive Habits You Can Practice in Less Than 30 Minutes

Here are a few easy ways you can tweak your weekly routine to be healthier and happier.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>Improving your life doesn't have to be about making one big gesture. Instead, it's something you …

Productivity

Las Vegas' New 'Kinetic Tiles' Power Streetlights With Foot Power

The tiles will be used to power streetlights, as well as wifi hotspots and surveillance cameras.<p>Las Vegas is getting some new streetlights, and they will be powered by your feet.<p>A New York-based startup, called EnGoPlanet, has built four streetlights at a Vegas intersection that will be powered …

Copenhagen Now Has More Bike Use Than Car Use

The bike capital of the world keeps working to hold its title.<p>Despite everything we see and hear about Copenhagen being a bike paradise, people do still drive cars in the Danish capital. Still, that doesn’t make the latest bit of news from the bike capital of the world any less surprising: Now …

7 of the Most Ambitious Plans to Transform the World's Iconic Cities

Because sometimes even the greatest cities need a change.<p>Whether due to a sheer influx of people or the changing face of our environment, cities need to find ways to modernize and adapt to the growing world. In some cases, this change will occur slowly and organically. Other times, cities take a …

These 500 Drones Flying In Formation Are The Fireworks Of The Future

No smoke, no explosives. See what your Fourth of July will look like once drones take over.<p>In the 18 minutes it takes to blow up 30-some tons of fireworks for the Fourth of July show on the National Mall in D.C., it costs the government more than 200 grand. Bigger shows–like the massive Macy’s show …

Scientists Discover New Process To Turn Waste Heat Into Electricity

The new material could allow power plants to recycle their waste heat and improve their efficiency.<p>A group of researchers have developed a new material that can be used to turn waste heat into electricity. This technology could allow power plants to recycle their waste heat and save money, while …

31 Images of the Golden Gate Bridge That Never Was

A second deck on the Golden Gate? An engineering firm suggested it in the 1960s.<p>BART zooms across the Golden Gate Bridge in a 1961 ad. Wide-bodied Chryslers and Fords are seen on a potential lower deck in a 1968 rendering.<p>For San Francisco drivers who've spent a lifetime on the single deck of the …

Turkey Adds New Massive Bridge Between Europe And Asia

The bridge forms part of the 257-kilometer North Marmara Highway, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.<p>Turkey opened one of the world's largest bridges Friday designed to allow traffic to cross the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia and ease congestion in Istanbul.<p>President …

The London Tube Will Soon Run 24 Hours

The new schedule will begin with the Central and Victoria lines on weekends.<p>London bills itself as a global city, the world's biggest financial center and a creative hub to rival New York. Until now, though, getting home after midnight meant taking the bus.<p>Not anymore.<p>The London Underground is …

Huge timber steps form bridge built by students across a river in rural China

This stepped timber bridge was built by a team of architecture students from the University of Hong Kong to provide a meeting place for residents of …

China

Penda designs Olympic bridge made up of intersecting rings

Architecture studio Penda has teamed up with engineering firm Arup to design a bridge made up of overlapping rings for the 2022 Winter Olympics in …

Winter Olympics

Longest cable-stayed bridge in Africa lit up with Philips LEDs

Morocco recently celebrated the completion of the longest cable-stayed bridge in Africa, the Mohammed VI Bridge outside the country’s capital city of …

Norway to build world's first floating underwater traffic tunnels

Norway has hatched ambitious plans to install the world’s first floating underwater tunnels to help travelers easily cross the nation’s many fjords. …

What Sending After-Hours Emails Does To Your Productivity

Even if you aren’t working nights and weekends, the expectation of constant availability can cause you to burn out.<p>It’s 9 p.m. and you suddenly remember that you wanted to ask your employee about an upcoming project. Before you fire off an email, ask yourself, “Is this urgent?” If you’re sending …

Productivity

Paris opens first section of a 28-mile bicycle superhighway

Paris just inaugurated its very first all-bike superhighway. So far, the thoroughfare consists of a half-mile stretch of pavement that runs along the …

Econtainer recycled shipping container bridge provides gateway to Tel-Aviv’s Ariel Sharon National Park

Tel-Aviv based Yoav Messer Architects recently unveiled plans for a sprawling 525-foot-long bridge made from recycled shipping containers! The …

Incredible video shows China's crazy car straddling bus in action driving down the streets

It’s finally here. The so-called “straddling bus” that took the Internet by storm in 2010 has made the incredible leap from a crazy design dream to …

A New, Efficient Solar Material Could One Day Roll On To Windows | Fast Company

If the material, a crystalline mineral made of calcium and titanium called perovskite, works out as researchers hope, it could one day provide an alternative to today’s silicon-based solar panels that is at once cheaper, more efficient, and lightweight.<p>Doojin Vak<p>The material was first explored in …

Arup completes meandering bridge across Perth's Swan River

Architects and engineers from Arup Associates teamed up to design this curvaceous pedestrian and cycling bridge, which has been built over the inlet …

Architecture

China plans to meet 2020 emissions goal by tripling solar power capacity

China has been chipping away at its carbon emissions at a pretty good clip in recent years, with 2015 statistics indicating the nation will reach, …

Garden Bridge moves towards construction despite ongoing controversy

Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge has moved one step closer to reality with the appointment of a building contractor, despite calls for the project …

Seven Effective Shortcuts To A More Productive Workday

Call it “strategic slacking.”<p>If you had one extra hour every day, what would you do with it? Maybe you’d catch up with a friend over coffee, take your kids for a bike ride, try out a new dinner recipe, or even just grab 60 more minutes of shut-eye. Whatever you’d choose, your plans would probably …

Productivity