Tag Archives: Science

Astronomical metro areas


The following cities have the highest metropolitan area concentration of astronomical and radio observatories and related uses in the world. A minimum of three (3) such facilities was required for inclusion in the list. As can be seen from the … Continue reading

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“Brainbelt” cities


I recently completed reading an interested and insightful book entitled The Smartest Places on Earth. Written by Antoine Van Agtmael and Fred Bakker, the book identifies and concentrates on those Rustbelt cities in the North America and Europe that have … Continue reading

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Review of “Inventing Los Alamos” – Atomic utopia and urban paradox


I just had the pleasure of reading a most interesting book entitled, Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community by Jon Hunner.  Part historical account, part urban planning study, Inventing Los Alamos is a worthwhile read for anyone … Continue reading

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Airports named for famous scientists/inventors


As a follow-up to a previous post about airports named for famous musicians like John Lennon and Mozart, the following is a list of those airports around the globe that are or have been named for famous scientists and inventors. … Continue reading

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The dark side of bright lights


Fascinating and useful data on the effects of light pollution on the environment is provided in this poster. Is your city one of the top 10 brightest cities in the world? In this particular case, “brightest” is definitely NOT a … Continue reading

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Most innovative USA metros: 2000-2011


Below is a list of the twenty most innovative metropolitan areas in the United States, based on the number of patents issued between 2000 and 2011. Most surprising is the absence of the Research Triangle of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina; … Continue reading

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The flaws of vehicular cycling (VC) theory


One of the first comments often heard from fellow cyclists when starting to bicycle commute was not to ride on the community’s bike pathway system because it is less safe than riding in street traffic. A whole litany of perceived … Continue reading

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Fear factor forecasting


Anyone else notice how weather forecasting (and related types of science)has taken a decisively edgier tone over the years. Hardly a season goes by anymore without some new “scarier” term being used to describe weather-related events. Some were invented (Super … Continue reading

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Here comes the sun for EV charging stations


Over the past weekend I learned that Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo has recently installed a bank of solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in one of its parking lots. What a terrific idea! This design eliminates the need for … Continue reading

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Cities in the race to outer space


One of the buzz terms of planning and economic development in recent years has been “aerotropolis” or cities developed and/or centered around airports. As air travel, overnight delivery, and air freight have become increasingly important, the role of airports has grown … Continue reading

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