SmartPlanet stories related to the institutions, policies, procedures and technologies used to facilitate interaction -- governance, information, transparency and accountability, and more -- between elected officials and their constituents.
Chemists at Idaho National Laboratory are researching how to use lasers to clean contaminated buildings after chemical attacks.
1 | May 21, 2010 7:48am |
The Brookings Institution's Andrew Reamer discusses why the U.S. census had only 10 questions and how it affects the distribution of funds for highways and assistance programs.
May 21, 2010 7:24am |
In response to Tennessee Valley Authority's 2008 coal ash spill in Kingston, a new federal law will dictate how to store the toxic sludge. There are two options.
6 | May 20, 2010 8:00am |
They killed the engine, popped the trunk, turned up the radio, controlled the brakes and performed lots of other tricks.
17 | May 19, 2010 12:05am |
The authors said salt and nitrate preservatives are the most likely cause of the difference.
25 | May 18, 2010 9:09am |
Cities learn on run more efficiently on analytics, and the nation's busiest transit agency opens up its data to third-party developers.
May 17, 2010 8:11am |
BP sticks a tube in the oil leak, but the company is still under pressure to find a permanent solution.
9 | May 17, 2010 3:45am |
Cost-effective, high-quality health care is Donald Berwick's life mission. Health reform can still be killed, before it's born, by stopping him from doing the job we need him to do.
17 | May 14, 2010 12:04pm |
Any ID -- a passport, a driver's license -- is now a client device in a larger identity system. What matters isn't what is on the paper the cop sees, it's what's in the database they access.
1 | May 14, 2010 7:49am |
The United Nation's new framework aims to provide practical tips to urban areas, no matter their size.
May 14, 2010 4:50am |
The U.S. government takes a plunge into the cloud, pushing Recovery.gov into a full cloud computing infrastructure
May 13, 2010 11:36am |
While rival Steve Jobs is still focused on world domination Bill Gates is very busy these days acting as a non-profit venture capitalist for all the problems in the world.
1 | May 13, 2010 9:59am |
So far, the financial services giant has spent more than $24.3 billion on its own initiatives related to climate change
1 | May 12, 2010 4:04am |
With BP's latest bright idea to stop its Gulf of Mexico oil gusher now seen as a failure, smart people are beginning to ask: where are the experts?
24 | May 10, 2010 11:21am |
Do you remember Congress voting for a federal government process guaranteeing patients' rights under the law and ordering insurers to provide coverage? I don't.
20 | May 10, 2010 7:13am |
The image of the suburban cul-de-sac elicits large houses, green lawns and children playing outside. But cul-de-sacs are killing communities, according to new research.
13 | May 10, 2010 6:31am |
EveryBlock automatically aggregates a city's public crime and health statistics by zip code. But what if local officials don't comply with the spirit of "public" records?
3 | May 7, 2010 1:41pm |
A new survey in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows internists who have left primary care are happier than those who stayed, and primary care docs have less satisfaction than their...
1 | May 7, 2010 10:25am |
If next year your doctor wants a cool iPad application that sends your x-rays back from the imaging clinic and on to the orthopedic surgeon he can get one that runs on NHIN Direct. Without paying...
May 6, 2010 8:39am |
Despite the establishment of the federal government's own internal 'app store,' agencies have barely touched cloud computing.
May 6, 2010 8:19am |