This Clever Traffic Light Makes The City Safer For Pedestrians By... Dancing

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. 

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The colossal problem with universal basic income

Here's why universal basic income will hurt the 99%, and make the 1% even richer.

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Top vets urge dog lovers to stop buying pugs and bulldogs

Pugs and bulldogs are incredibly trendy, but experts have massive animal welfare concerns about these genetically manipulated breeds. 

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Pugs, Frenchies, boxers, shih-tzus and other flat-faced dog breeds have been trending for at least the last decade, thanks to higher visibility (usually in a celebrity's handbag), an increase in city living (smaller dogs for smaller homes), and possibly even the fine acting of Frank the Pug in 1997's Men in Black. We're not ruling it out. These small, specialty pure breeds are seen as the pinnacle of cuteness – they have friendly personalities, endearing odd looks, and are perfect for Stranger Things video montages.

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This is the best (and simplest) world map of religions

Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.

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