UC Berkeley hires first Wikipedian-in-residence (Update)
A 24-year-old geography major is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley.
Producing useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste
Bacteria may be the key to produce useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste.
Changing climate in your own backyard
When you think of climate, you probably think of it on a large scale. Global climate change may come to mind, or the climate of a large region, like Northern Europe or the desert Southwest.
In cyber-war, you could change history at the touch of a button
Not all violence in war and conflict is simply strategic. And not all the destruction that takes place is a consequence of territorial or geopolitical objectives. Taking over the next village, blocking a ...
Urbanization exposes French cities to greater seismic risk
French researchers have looked into data mining to develop a method for extracting information on the vulnerability of cities in regions of moderate risk, creating a proxy for assessing the probable resilience of buildings ...
Urban sites sown with wildflowers attractive to wildlife
A study into the attractiveness to wildlife of urban sites sown with wildflower seeds has shown that roundabouts and road verges can easily be converted into flower-rich havens for bees and other wildlife ...
Wealthy neighborhoods fuel materialistic desires, study says
Where you live could affect whether or not you spend compulsively, according to new research from San Francisco State University published today in the Journal of Consumer Culture.
Study reveals the give and take of urban temperature mitigating technologies
Life in a warming world is going to require human ingenuity to adapt to the new realities of Earth. Greenhouse-gas induced warming and megapolitan expansion are both significant drivers of our warming planet. ...
No strength in numbers: Infighting undermines large cities in state legislatures
Urban legislators have long lamented that they do not get their fair share of bills passed in state governments, often blaming rural and suburban interests for blocking their efforts. Now a new study confirms ...
Landscape complexity affects pigeons' navigation
(Phys.org) —Homing pigeons' ability to learn and remember routes depends on the complexity of the landscape below. Hedges and boundaries between urban and rural areas provide ideal landmarks for navigation.
Mexico's 'water monster' may have disappeared (Update)
Mexico's salamander-like axolotl may have disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City's few remaining lakes.
Targeted tutoring can reduce 'achievement gap' for CPS students, study finds
High school students who were at risk for dropping out greatly improved their math test scores and school attendance with the help of intensive tutoring and mentoring, according to a new study by the University ...
Shifting innovation in reverse could solve urban transit issues
When it comes to urban transit, both emerging and mature markets have some things in common—diminishing public resources, infrastructure constraints and air quality concerns.
Biodiversity can flourish on an urban planet
Mention the word biodiversity to a city dweller and images of remote natural beauty will probably come to mind – not an empty car park around the corner. Wildlife, we think, should be found in wild places, ...