25 results for “Urban Organisms”

How technology keeps us connected, now more than ever

Britta de Vries
March 17th 2020

At this moment in time, many people are staying at home in order to flatten the curve. It is times like these that we realize how vital technology is to us and our societies. It provides us with the possibility to work remotely, to be able to keep up with the news and its latest developments, and it provides us with the ability to (video) call with our family and friends, and more importantly, it keeps us connected to each …

Why your pets can’t spread the coronavirus

Sarah L Caddy
March 17th 2020

A Pomeranian dog in Hong Kong grabbed the international media’s attention this week after scientists found traces of coronavirus in the canine. Following confirmation that the dog’s owner was positive for the virus causing COVID-19, the dog was taken from Hong Kong Island to a nearby animal quarantine facility. Subsequent tests performed on swabs collected from the dog’s nose and throat unexpectedly revealed coronavirus.

These results have raised many questions and concerns. Can our dogs really catch the virus? Should …

Driverless and electric, or car-free? How cities are cutting out cars, and why

Vanessa Bates Ramirez
September 26th 2019

It’s common consensus in the tech industry that the days of cars as we know them—powered by gas, driven by humans, and individually owned by all who want and can afford one—are numbered. Imminent is the age of autonomous, electric, and shared transportation, and we’re continuously taking small steps towards making it a reality. Self-driving software is getting better at avoiding accidents. Battery storage capacity is climbing. Solar energy is getting cheaper. This all points to a bright automotive future.…

Managing the data deluge: Twitter as a tool for ecological research

Marianne Messina
December 27th 2018

As early as 2009-10, researchers were looking at Twitter data mining as a way to predict the incidence of flu. At the time, the H1N1 virus, or “swine flu,” had made the jump from swine to humans and arrived in the United States. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) took notice and began sponsoring research.

Eight years later, data scientists Alessandro Vespignani and his team have developed statistical models for crunching Twitter data in flu forecasting that can predict, six …

Insects are helping us develop the future of hearing aids

Rob Malkin
September 12th 2016

The human ear is a miracle of mechanical evolution. It allows us to hear an astonishing range of sounds and to communicate and navigate in the world. It’s also easy to damage and difficult to repair. Hearing aids are still large, uncomfortable and as yet unable to deliver the rich and wonderful sounds we take for granted. Yet there may be a new way for us to replace damaged hearing from an unlikely source – the insect world.

Spend a …

Street Lights Permanently Change the Ecology of Local Bugs

Allison Guy
August 19th 2014
Streetlights affect local ecologies for a longer duration, and at a higher level in the food web, than previously thought.

Squirrels Are in Cities to Keep Us Sane

Allison Guy
December 15th 2013
The surprising reasons why squirrels are so abundant in city parks in the US.

New York’s Dogs Hunt for Dangerous Game: City Rats

Allison Guy
December 5th 2013
A society of dog owners who have no problem giving free reign to their pets' killer instincts.

The Pulsating Heart of Tokyo

Alessia Andreotti
September 25th 2013

An astounding tangle of multi-colored water flowing throughout 18 arteries represents what happens every day in the pulsating heart of Tokyo. This is how Takatsugu Kuriyama, from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, creates a 3D map of the subway system of the Japanese capital, visualizing the city as a creature.…

Gardening on the Roof of a Bus

Alessia Andreotti
September 14th 2013
A cheeky experiment to reduce CO2 results in a highly mobile garden.
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