SmartPlanet stories related to the world's densest areas of settlement -- how their geography, economies, politics, social characteristics and built environment impact their efficiency as a living, breathing system of systems.
It's hard to care about water infrastructure when we can't see it. But a new survey shows that once educated about how wasteful our system has become, Americans care deeply about fixing this problem.
9 | November 1, 2010 2:00am |
Most architects have show-houses, Douglas Busch and his colleagues are creating a 20-acre show-community for sustainability technology and design.
October 31, 2010 5:29pm |
A new survey of 25,000 people by the American Public Transportation Association concludes that a majority would take advantage of high-speed rail service, when and if offered. However, it's not...
20 | October 28, 2010 9:30pm |
China officially unveiled the world's fastest train in operation, a silver bullet that can cover 126 miles in 45 minutes and top out at 262 miles per hour.
21 | October 28, 2010 2:30pm |
America's next-generation high-speed rail infrastructure takes another step with the announcement of $2.4 billion in funds for 54 projects in 23 states.
2 | October 28, 2010 1:14pm |
Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Newark and Minneapolis-St.Paul were awarded $80 million in grants and loans by Living Cities for urban revitalization projects.
October 28, 2010 10:47am |
Who owns water? At The Atlantic's Green Intelligence Forum 2010, water experts debate whether public or private entities own the world's water supply -- and how that impacts efficient distribution.
12 | October 28, 2010 9:18am |
Copy number variants are believed to be linked to a number of diseases. For the first time, scientists have figured out how to map the variations of the other elusive copies.
October 27, 2010 2:00pm |
Organization for sustainability communities publishes planning guide to aid smart city planning, programs.
October 27, 2010 12:38pm |
Portland, Maine, may play second fiddle to Oregon's Portland when it comes to large-scale sustainability initiatives, but last week, its city council approved an $11 million bond for energy...
October 27, 2010 2:00am |
Susan Leal, author of "Running Out of Water," explains why we're in the midst of a global water crisis, what we can do about it and why the U.S. needs a cabinet-level position for water.
37 | October 27, 2010 1:54am |
And the sellers are small, secretive companies.
3 | October 26, 2010 11:50pm |
Cities' social circles; Microsoft for Nissan Leaf; Position-less MRI machine; infrastructure politics; military bomb detection.
October 25, 2010 1:29pm |
Terabit Optical Ethernet Center wants to hit Terabit Internet by 2015. Google, Verizon, Intel, Agilent Technologies and Rockwell Technologies are partners with UCSB.
1 | October 25, 2010 11:09am |
The city of Atlanta has won a $47.6 million from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to fund a modern streetcar system linking business and tourism highlights.
6 | October 25, 2010 9:08am |
Starbucks uses 3 billion hot drink cups a year. If cities establish better commercial recycling programs and recycling companies find value in the paper, Starbucks will reach its goal of fully...
7 | October 25, 2010 4:43am |
The bar for the smart grid is high, says Siemens smart grid chief Paul Camuti, because electricity in the U.S. is reliable and cheap. We spoke to him from GridWeek 2010.
1 | October 21, 2010 9:09am |
Jose Gomez-Marquez thinks some of the best inventions are the most simple. He's making vaccines and other drugs for the developing world.
1 | October 21, 2010 4:28am |
Jean Case talks about The Case Foundation, which uses the entrepreneurial backgrounds of its technology-savvy founders to engage citizens to find solutions to complex social problems.
October 21, 2010 4:00am |
A brilliant new feature by the folks at Nature explains why this century is for the city. Plus, the top new megacities by 2025.
3 | October 20, 2010 2:07pm |