We have the blueprint for livable, low-carbon cities

[ad_1] Increasing heat in Sydney and other Australian cities highlights the urgent need to apply our knowledge of how to create liveable low-carbon cities. Credit: Taras Vyshnya/Shutterstock Over the past seven years more than 100 research projects at the Co-operative Research center for Low Carbon Living, in collaboration with industry across Australia, have pondered a […]

'Minecraft Earth' beta is available on Android — in five cities

[ad_1] The Minecraft Earth beta recently reset its AR playing field and updated to version 2.0.0 on iOS. Crafters Earth reports that has brought familiar mobs like creepers and spiders to the game plus a number of challenges and adventures. Also, the in-game store is enabled so people can use the “Rubies” currency to buy […]

Ransomware attacks on cities are rising

[ad_1] Credit: Shutterstock A ransomware campaign that targeted 23 US cities across Texas has raised serious concerns about the vulnerability of local governments and public services to cyber-attacks. These events come not long after similar attacks on governmental and business organizations in Indiana, Florida and elsewhere. They reflect a general shift in ransomware tactics from […]

Bargain-hunting robocars could spell the end for downtown parking – cities need to plan ahead now

[ad_1] What does a future full of AVs mean for all the spaces reserved for downtown parking? Credit: Kris Cros/Unsplash, CC BY Imagine a scene from the near-future: You get dropped off downtown by a driverless car. You slam the door and head into your office or appointment. But then where does the autonomous vehicle […]

Bargain-hunting robocars could spell the end for downtown parking – cities need to plan ahead now

[ad_1] What does a future full of AVs mean for all the spaces reserved for downtown parking? Credit: Kris Cros/Unsplash, CC BY Imagine a scene from the near-future: You get dropped off downtown by a driverless car. You slam the door and head into your office or appointment. But then where does the autonomous vehicle […]

New sensor technology to improve air quality in cities

[ad_1] The tuning fork sensor is a first solution approach, which is pursued in the CARES project. Credit: Lunghammer – TU Graz Today, air pollution is one of the biggest challenges facing European cities. As part of the Horizon 2020 research project CARES (City Air Remote Emission Sensing), an international research consortium is working on […]

All major Chinese cities capable of generating solar power more cheaply than grid

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Mälardalen University and Tsinghua University has found that all of China’s major cities are now in a position to produce electricity from solar power more cheaply than can be had from the grid. In their paper published in the […]

How roads can help cool sizzling cities

[ad_1] A permeable concrete specimen. Credit: Hao Wang/Rutgers University-New Brunswick Special permeable concrete pavement can help reduce the “urban heat island effect” that causes cities to sizzle in the summer, according to a Rutgers-led team of engineers. Their study appears in the Journal of Cleaner Production. Impermeable pavement made of concrete or asphalt covers more […]

Hackers could use connected cars to gridlock whole cities

[ad_1] Actual gridlock in Manhattan in 2007. Credit: Rgoogin at the English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) In the year 2026, at rush hour, your self-driving car abruptly shuts down right where it blocks traffic. You climb out to see gridlock down every street in view, then a news alert on your watch tells you […]