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July 3, 2015

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July 3, 2015

Proximity to Bike-Sharing Stations Augments Property Values in City

June 23, 2015 — Studying house sales in central Montreal before and after the Bixi bike sharing system was launched in 2009, researchers found that a typical home in the central Montreal area they studied had about ... read more

June 17, 2015 — A new study examines 25 metro regions over 20 years to see who has the shortest and longest commutes to work. The new analysis also covers commuting to work when the U.S. was affected by unemployment ... read more

Little Evidence to Support Skills Gap Claims

June 10, 2015 — A shortage of skilled workers is often why many employers say they struggle to find qualified employees to fill vacancies. However, a new economic analysis finds that some of the evidence used to ... read more

Technology Offers a Bird’s-Eye View on How Foreclosure Affects the Landscape

June 8, 2015 — Contrary to popular belief, foreclosed properties do not always lead to unkempt lawns. Researchers used remote sensing technology to observe rapid change in U.S. urban settings, specifically homes in ... read more

Asian Economic Integration Means Huge Challenges for Trees, Farmers and Food Supply

June 8, 2015 — Ten Southeast Asian nations will form a single economic bloc at the end of 2015. Agroforestry, forestry and agricultural policies, implementation and law enforcement are lagging behind. The gap ... read more

June 3, 2015 — In an effort to shape policy, new research goes into finer detail to see whether or not national parks are really effective in preventing deforestation. For the study, the researchers focused on the ... read more

How Did the Chicken Cross the Road...safely?

June 3, 2015 — Protecting animals from speeding vehicles doesn't have a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, a more detailed understanding of preventive measures should be gained through scientific ... read more

Why the 'Cool Factor' Won’t Lure College Grads to Your City

June 2, 2015 — The kind of cities that attract college graduates has changed since the 1990s, a new nationwide study reveals. In the 1990s, grads were moving to cities with fast-growing "smart" industries ... read more

June 2, 2015 — Using well-established metrics of social, economic, and ecosystem functions, researchers have achieved a holistic view of coupled human and natural systems on the Mongolian Plateau. This view reveals ... read more

May 26, 2015 — The Millennium Drought in southeastern Australia forced Greater Melbourne, a city of 4.3 million people, to successfully implement innovations that hold critical lessons for water-stressed regions ... read more

You’re Driving Yourself to Burnout, Literally

May 26, 2015 — Commuting length, distance, and means are stress factors that can lead to burnout, reports a new study. The research offers no surprises: the bigger the city, the more stressful the commute, at least ... read more

The Flight of the Oryx: Qatar's Success May Be Stymied

May 21, 2015 — Qatar's capital city, Doha, is set to emerge as a major knowledge hub, with its educated, high-tech workforce and its international connectivity. However, the lack of a cohesive plan for ... read more

Boosting College and Career Readiness Among Black and Latino Male Students

May 21, 2015 — A new report on New York City's Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), which is designed to boost college and career readiness among Black and Latino male students, finds that the schools involved ... read more

Age-Friendly Communities Essential to Urban Elders' Well-Being

May 15, 2015 — The future of communities around the world will in large part be determined by the efforts to achieve a high quality of life for their older citizens, according to a new article. Age-friendly ... read more

College Readiness Declines When School's Focus Is Improving Test Scores, Study Finds

May 12, 2015 — Standardized testing, school accountability measures negatively affect college readiness and learning at a Texas high school when teachers focus on improving mandated test ... read more

School Segregation Still Impacts African-Americans' Minds Decades Later

May 11, 2015 — As the United States observes the May 17 anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that ended racial segregation in public schools, a new study has found that desegregated schooling is tied to better ... read more

'Coolness' Motivates Young Suburban Drug Dealers Who Quit to Avoid Problems

May 11, 2015 — Young, white suburban drug dealers and stereotypical urban dealers are motivated to sell drugs for the same reason – to be “cool,” but when suburban dealers are exposed to extreme violence or ... read more

May 8, 2015 — A new locator feature on a search and rescue tool can pinpoint the location of a victim to within about five feet – saving rescuers time and increasing chances for locating ... read more

Foreclosures Fueled Racial Segregation in U.S., Study Finds

May 6, 2015 — Some 9 million American families lost their homes to foreclosure during the late 2000s housing bust, driving many to economic ruin and in search of new residences. Hardest hit were black, Latino, and ... read more

School Reform in Post-Katrina New Orleans Harmful to Black Community, Scholars Say

May 1, 2015 — By most media accounts, education reform in post-Katrina New Orleans is a success. Test scores and graduation rates are up, and students once trapped in failing schools have their choice of charter ... read more

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