Air pollution linked to violent crime in Chicago

As air pollution increases, so does violent crime.

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  • A new report suggests air pollution from highways increased violent crime in Chicago by two percent.
  • The effect was consistent across different parts of the city and independent of other factors.
  • The research suggests that a tax simultaneously could lower air pollution and crime.
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Why Africa’s newest super-bridge is in the continent’s weirdest border zone

The Kazungula Bridge connects Zambia and Botswana, barely missing Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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  • The Kazungula Bridge has turned a cartographic near-miss into a geopolitical marvel.
  • It's where maps show the world's only quadripoint, and the bridge is built across the world's second-shortest border.
  • The bridge has the potential to completely revamp Africa's economy and transportation situation, from Cape to Cairo.
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Nearly 3,000 shipping containers have fallen into the ocean since November

What's to blame for the recent uptick in containership accidents?

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  • At any given time, 6,000 containerships are moving the vast majority of global trade on the world's oceans.
  • The average number of annual containership accidents has been on a downtrend for the past decade, but accidents have become more common since the start of the pandemic.
  • One factor behind the recent rise in containership accidents could be rising demand for imported goods from U.S. consumers.
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How the pandemic could finally democratize commutes

Whose responsibility is it to ensure that there is affordable access to employment?

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What responsibilities do employers have in terms of supporting their workforce's commute to work?

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Virgin Hyperloop completes world's first human test

How many hurdles stand in the way of hyperloops becoming a commercial reality?

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  • Hyperloops are a new type of transportation technology that involves vacuum tubes and passenger pods traveling at ultra-fast speeds.
  • Although no commercial hyperloops exist yet, a handful of companies around the world are building test tracks, some in partnerships with national governments.
  • Hyperloops could prove to be a faster and more environmentally sustainable form of transportation than flying and high-speed rail, though many obstacles remain.
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