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NewsWatch: Future Communities -- Renting the American Dream?

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November 2, 2010 By

2011 Andes Superhighway Opening Approaches

Brazilian and Peruvian officials are pushing for a 2011 grand opening of a 3,400-mile highway across the Andes linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, reaching almost 16,000 feet in altitude. Los Angeles Times

New Surveillance Technology Senses Sound, Aggression

Cambridge firm Audio Analytic has produced software which it said can analyse the pitch, tone and intonation of noises and work out if they pose a threat. For example in a hospital where somebody, or a nurse, is being threatened in the early hours of the morning is a very difficult thing for CCTV guards -- who monitor hundreds of channels worth of video signals on 20 screens or so -- to pick up. BBC

Could Renting Be the New American Dream?

“Cities aren’t for everyone. But maybe they would be for more people if we didn’t all feel as though at some point we were supposed to move to the suburbs and buy a house.” Governing

Parking Sensors Will Point the Way to Smart Parking

New York City is about to get a taste of what cutting-edge parking policy could look like over on Roosevelt Island. The island will soon be installing parking sensors under 29 spaces, local blogs Roosevelt Islander and Roosevelt Island 360 reported this week. By providing real-time data about what actually happens in those spaces, the sensors can help enforce parking laws, move toward smart and flexible curbside pricing, and prevent cruising and traffic congestion.

Electric Vehicles Drive Evolution

Internal combustion engines can, at best, convert only about 30 percent of the energy they generate into useful kinetic energy. A high-performance motor, on the other hand, can convert almost 90 percent of input electrical energy into useful kinetic energy. In addition, the motor can drive a generator during deceleration to recover (regenerate) power, which is something no internal combustion engine can do. Nikkei Electronics Asia

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