The Swedish city’s Stadsleveransen pools deliveries for 500 shops and businesses—drastically reducing traffic and freeing up once-congested streets for pedestrians and cyclists
“I call it the rolling deckchair,” says Johan Erlandsson as his six-wheeled cargo bike, the Velove Armadillo, glides down the cobbled pedestrian streets of central Gothenburg. Stretching 14ft long but only 34 inches wide, the sleek machine is crafted from red-coated aluminum with a pedal-assisted electric drive and a trailer that is low enough for other cyclists to look over.
Graphic designer’s quick sketch has become a global symbol of solidarity in light of the Paris attacks
The first thing Jean Jullien did when he heard about the Paris attacks was reach for paper and his paintbrush, and sketch a simple image on his lap. Late on Friday evening, he posted it on to his Instagram and Twitter pages: a quick doodle of the Eiffel tower inside a circle, in an adaption of the peace symbol originally used by the nuclear disarmament movement.
Microsoft's beta tool guesses people’s emotions through facial recognition software. How does that make you feel?
Remember when Microsoft developed a tool that tried to guess our age? Of course you do – social media feeds were saturated for weeks with outraged 30-year-olds being told they were 50, and 14-year-olds given a glimmer of hope before attempting to buy alcohol.
A writing competition held by the Economic and Social Research Council asked PhD students to look 50 years into the future. Here are the winning pieces
Ignorant as I am, I don’t think I’d ever fully appreciated the breadth of disciplines involved in social science until I was asked to help judge the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) writing competition this year.
From tracking cows and Peruvian asparagus to monitoring harmful algae blooms, satellites offer the food industry valuable information
The first successful weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched in 1960. The images, though a bit blurry, picked up a typhoon 1,000 miles east of Australia. This satellite only lasted 78 days in orbit but it showed the benefits of space observations, ushering in an era of much more accurate weather information that has helped save lives and protect livelihoods.
It is easy to feel nostalgic for the array of creative and political figures who made their mark on the East Village street, but its golden age is always ‘now’
Many thoroughfares could credibly lay claim to the title “America’s hippest street.” Alberta Street in Portland, South Congress Avenue in Austin, Valencia Street in San Francisco would all have their backers.
World’s largest concentrated solar power plant, powered by the Saharan sun, set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020
The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” film industry, it has played host to big-budget location shots in Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Living Daylights and even Game of Thrones.
A transatlantic service is launching without seatback screens, with content to be streamed directly to passengers’ devices
Grab your iPads, travelers. The in-flight TV screen is set to become a thing of the past on long-haul flights from the UK, with airlines claiming that passengers would prefer to watch films on their smartphones and tablets.
For over a century Gillette has dominated the market. Now new companies are giving it a run for its money
The morning skincare ritual of millions around the world owes a lot to a moment that occurred 120 years ago in a bathroom in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Shoppers are undeterred by the announcement that riding a self-balancing scooter in London is illegal—but it might be too soon to call it a must-have gadget
“Hoverboards” are the latest tech craze sweeping the globe. Central London shop Spy Master is one of the few retailers in the UK that stocks the device in-store. Among drones, Go-Pro action cameras and encryption equipment, the two-wheeled, brightly colored gadgets apparently fly off the shelves. “Thousands” have been sold at the shop this year says the company’s director, Julia Wing. They offer a row of different models – including a blue IO Hawk, a large graffiti-adorned board, and a bright-green transporter with Bluetooth speakers – ranging between £500 to around £1,500.
The co-founder of virtual-reality storytelling app Vrse predicts a big future for the medium, but admits he has more questions than answers
“It’s weird: you do a TED talk on something, and people think that you suddenly have a lot of answers around the topic. I feel like I have a lot of questions, not a lot of answers.”
Innovation is essential to improving access to renewable energy, but can it be accelerated? And how?
1. Invest public money in research and development At a very macro-level, the public sector spends way too little on R&D. We made great strides with public investment in R&D on energy in the ‘60s, but have tapered off, and this is not unique to the US. Yet this is where we need bigger breakthroughs. Ilmi Granoff, head of green growth, the Overseas Development Institute, London, UK, @theilmatic