This Clever Traffic Light Makes The City Safer For Pedestrians By... Dancing
Teodora Zareva is an entrepreneur, writer, board games geek and a curious person at large. Her professional path has taken her from filmmaking and photography to writing, TEDx organizing, teaching, and social entrepreneurship. She has lived and worked in the U.S. and Bulgaria and is currently doing her MBA at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Her biggest passion lies at the intersection of media and youth development. She is the co-founder of WishBOX Foundation, a Bulgarian NGO that helps high school students with their professional orientation by organizing events, courses, summer camps and developing digital media resources.
Waiting at a traffic light to cross the street is boring and annoying, especially when there are no cars and you’re in a rush. This is why a lot of people (yourself included, probably) often run it, even though, crossing at a red light is really dangerous.
A clever traffic light, created by the Smart company, shows how simple hacks that take into consideration human psychology and are designed to be fun, can drastically increase the safety of our cities. The company built and installed a "dancing traffic light" at an intersection in Lisbon, Portugal. The traffic light projected the silhouettes of passersby dancing in real time in a specially designed booth, and was so entertaining that it reduced red-light crossing by 81%!
Smart’s entire campaign #WhatAreYouFOR is aimed at making our cities safer. The company is asking citizens to submit ideas about how to make our cities more livable, safer, and more enjoyable to live in.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
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- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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