Thea Walsh, director of transportation systems and funding at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, discusses the challenges that her agency and partners faced in applying for -- and winning -- funding for Columbus, Ohio, in the Smart City Challenge.
The best way to increase one's happiness and well-being is to spend time communing with nature, writes Tom Casano, CEO of Life Coach Spotter. "Going outdoors for extended periods of time can free us of modern day distractions -- and potentially relieve the concomitant effects of anxiety and depression," he writes.
The Department of Homeland Security is working to reduce the risk that telephony denial-of-service attacks can disrupt emergency services in the US. Initiatives include looking at how to detect fake calls from legitimate ones to block attacks, and how TDoS attacks might be affected by NextGen9-1-1 technology.
A half-acre park will open next year in downtown Sioux City, Iowa, with most of the $517,500 cost being paid by businesswoman Regina Roth. Pearl Street Park will include trees, green space and a sensory garden.
Seventeen years after groundbreaking, Switzerland completed the most ambitious tunneling project ever with the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Boring machines with 29.5-foot heads plowed through 35 miles of rock to launch a far more efficient train route through that part of Europe and win the top mention among Popular Science's 11 greatest engineering innovations of the year.
Mishawaka, Ind., has budgeted about $1.5 million to upgrade parks, with most going to Mary Gibbard Park for renovations.
High levels of lead have been found in water samples at nearly half of Chicago's parks, with lower percentages of positive tests at indoor and outdoor sinks and water fountains. More than 450 water fixtures have been shut off as city officials search for the cause.
Millennials are increasing their participation in outdoor activities, according to an Outdoor Foundation report. Total outdoor outings for the US population as a whole declined in 2015 compared with 2014.
A plan to allow homeless people to camp in local parks has been put on hold by the Seattle City Council, but debate continues to swirl around the proposed effort. City leaders say sports fields and developed areas in parks would not be under consideration for camping areas.
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