Tweets reveal new aspect of racially segregated cities

New research uses 133 million tweets to analyze how racially segregated many cities in the United States continue to be.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Feb. 16, 2021 ~9 min

Edinburgh aims to become sanctuary for swifts as numbers decline

A project in Edinburgh is aiming to boost numbers after a drastic decline in the bird's population.

Feb. 13, 2021 ~2 min

School of Architecture and Planning creates climate action plan

Aims to reduce carbon emissions through changes in procurement, waste tracking, airline travel, and other areas of operation.

School of Architecture and Planning • mit
Jan. 26, 2021 ~9 min

An army of sewer robots could keep our pipes clean, but they'll need to learn to communicate

In the future, tiny robots will inspect pipes for blockages and leaks.

Viktor Doychinov, Research Fellow in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds • conversation
Jan. 26, 2021 ~8 min

Cities can help migrating birds on their way by planting more trees and turning lights off at night

Cities are danger zones for migrating birds, but there are ways to help feathered visitors pass through more safely

Frank La Sorte, Research Associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

Parents want parks to be fun and safe

Parents from diverse backgrounds want more than playgrounds and green spaces in their parks. They want safety, too.

Laura Oleniacz - NC State • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Gentrification hits minority communities hardest

"As neighborhoods gentrify, when poor people can no longer remain in their neighborhoods and move, there are fewer affordable neighborhoods."

Sandra Feder-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 7, 2020 ~7 min

When playing favorites can hurt growth

Study finds China’s industrial-park policy is better for productivity when political connections are not a factor.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 7, 2020 ~7 min

How a flu virus shut down the US economy in 1872 – by infecting horses

A fast-moving equine flu cratered the US economy in the fall of 1872, showing all too clearly that horses were essential and deserved better treatment.

Ernest Freeberg, Professor of History, University of Tennessee • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Homeless patients with COVID-19 often go back to life on the streets after hospital care, but there's a better way

What happens to unhoused people who get COVID-19?

J. Robin Moon, Adjunct Associate Professor, City University of New York • conversation
Nov. 25, 2020 ~8 min