Machine learning could cut delays from traffic lights

Researchers have designed a new system that uses machine learning to improve the flow of vehicles at traffic lights.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Jan. 20, 2021 ~5 min

Why autumn is such a dangerous time for hedgehog mothers – and how to help them

For every kilometre of road in Europe, you're likely to find one dead hedgehog.

Lauren Moore, PhD Candidate in Road Ecology, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Drive-throughs are busier than ever during the pandemic – but they're hotspots for air pollution

Staff and customers with underlying health conditions are likely to be most at risk at drive-through windows.

Anitha Chinnaswamy, Assistant Professor of Environment and Computing, Coventry University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

With fewer cars on US streets, now is the time to reinvent roadways and how we use them

City streets were built to accommodate cars, but the COVID-19 pandemic has scrambled our transport needs. Many cities are moving to make streets more people-friendly and less car-centric.

Kevin J. Krizek, Professor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~6 min

How to make your house and garden more tranquil – tips from an acoustics expert

Whether it's cars passing nearby, a neighbour's blaring music or the constant drone of a lawnmower, the trouble with sound is that – unlike light – it can be hard to block out completely.

Greg Watts, Professor of environmental acoustics, University of Bradford • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

From delayed deceleration to Zooming

Jacqueline Thomas PhD ’20 recounts her final academic year at MIT, from once-in-a-lifetime field work to a virtual thesis defense.

Sara Cody | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics • mit
June 14, 2020 ~12 min

Try it: Will COVID lead to ‘extreme traffic’ in your city?

A move from public transportation to single-rider cars due to COVID-19 may create a new boom in traffic. See how your city could fare with a new tool.

Marissa Shapiro-Vanderbilt • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Reports of UK roadkill down two-thirds – but will hedgehogs thrive after lockdown?

Road networks are emptying during lockdown. What does it mean for wildlife now and in the future?

Lauren Moore, PhD Candidate in Road Ecology, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

Linking self-driving cars to traffic signals might help pedestrians give them the green light

Pedestrians are wary of autonomous cars, but they trust traffic lights. Researchers suggest driverless cars could communicate directly with the signals to make their own actions more predictable.

Lionel Peter Robert Jr., Associate Professor of Information, University of Michigan • conversation
April 21, 2020 ~6 min

In Boston, ‘stay-at-home’ orders cleaned the air

"It's as if I magically implemented our most ambitious emissions reduction policies," says Lucy Hutyra, on cleaner air following COVID-19 directives.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min