This year marked the first time in history that more Chinese were living in cities than in the countryside.
But the rapid urbanization is causing many so-called "urban diseases," ranging from reducing traffic jams to confronting the unique infrastructure challenges for those living in concrete jungles.
An expert at the Smart City Expo China 2012 says smarter technology may offer the solution.
Reuters (Sep. 14, 2012) Environmental groups say they are encouraged by ambitious plans recently announced by Airbus to fly its aircraft in flock formation by the middle of this century. The company's Smarter Skies concepts ... watch video
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Reuters - Business Video Online (Apr. 15, 2014) Pennsylvania-based Schramm is incorporating modern technology in its next generation oil-drigging rigs, making them smaller, safer and smarter. Ernest Scheyder reports.
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Xinhua News Agency (Nov. 1, 2012) China has made a major energy breakthrough, completing the second of three stages in its nuclear power development. According to the China Institute of Atomic Energy, the country has finished ... watch video
Reuters (Nov. 12, 2013) Few dispute that Britain's creaking rail network needs modernising. The government's planning High Speed 2, connecting London with cities in central and northern England, saying it will bring ... watch video
AFP (Oct. 28, 2013) Water has begun flowing through a multi-billion-dollar pipeline from the vast Yangtze river to the parched cities of the north, but environmentalists say the project could have untold ... watch video
FORA.tv (Apr. 18, 2013) Designer and architect Eric Kuhne re-imagines how we look at cities and discusses how education and learning will factor in to the creation of our next great civic ... watch video
July 2, 2015 Engineers have invented a way to fabricate silver, a highly conductive metal, for printed electronics that are produced at room temperature. There may be broad applications in microelectronics, ... read more
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Oct. 10, 2014 Researchers are starting work on a Smart Cities and Communities initiative. This project will transform designated urban districts into smart quarters in three forerunner cities and then transfer the ... read more
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