Pollen shows which plants bees in the city need most

Honey bees that live in cities depend on a varied diet of trees, shrubs, and woody vines for food, depending on the season, a new study shows.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities trees pollination honey-bees earth-and-environment flowers

Recycled wastewater could make city water better

Recycling wastewater to make it drinkable again could drastically slash cities' need for fresh water resources, researchers report.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities water science-and-technology wastewater-treatment

Why is COVID-19 hitting black Americans so hard?

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an especially hard toll on black Americans. Here, an expert puts the crisis into context.

Gretchen Kell-Berkeley • futurity
April 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities covid-19 health-care united-states featured health-and-medicine race-and-ethnicity

Too many tweets from cities lose citizen’s attention

When it comes to getting out important messages like health advisories, cities should tweet less, not more, researchers find.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cities social-media internet government communications society-and-culture

COVID-19 spreads much faster in big cities

"If you are in larger cities, you definitely have to be more careful, you have to act faster, and you have to engage in more intense social distancing."

U. Chicago • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cities covid-19 infrastructure social-lives health-and-medicine

Fiber optic internet cables could monitor earthquakes

Fiber optics make sense for monitoring earthquakes because "cities already have it as part of their infrastructure, so all we have to do is tap into it."

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities earthquakes infrastructure sensors science-and-technology fiber-optics

In 40 years, cities ate up a surprising amount of rural space

Urban expansion and falling population density in cities worldwide over the last 40 years are leading to problems with efficient use of land.

Texas A&M University • futurity
March 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cities agriculture rural-communities earth-and-environment land

Bacteria build biofilms like people build cities

The growth of bacteria colonies called biofilms is actually a lot like the way human cities grow, researchers have found.

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn • futurity
March 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities bacteria health-and-medicine biofilms

City lizards have evolved to beat the heat

City lizards can handle heat, research finds. "It's kind of like a hidden superpower that only presents itself in the right environment."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
March 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: evolution cities temperature lizards earth-and-environment

Why the loss of local news is bad for democracy

Listen as the Ways & Means podcast considers why local news is struggling, why that matters for democracy, and what can be done about it.

Duke University • futurity
March 4, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: cities journalism government democracy featured society-and-culture

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