First there were pads and helmets. Now, there are blinking lights. The latest technology for protecting football players is a device called Checklight, which measures and displays the force of head impacts players experience when they make a tackle or take a hit.
"The tech community is rising up and saying, 'We can actually help here. We can actually develop programs, go into public schools and start teaching science and math, teaching teachers and actually building the future that we want as opposed to waiting for the government to respond,'" according to Andrew Rasiej, chairman the 35,000-member NY Tech Meetup.
We're looking into some glitches for an upcoming episode of New Tech City. Naturally, the NTC team shares links and ideas with each other via email. Rarely though, do the clipped rhythms of a busy journalist pecking away at a keyboard accidentally land so poetically as this dispatch on Obamacare.
The New York Police Department issued 736 tickets for speeding over the weekend in what it called a "speed enforcement initiative." It is unclear if this marks a shift in traffic policing policy, or a one-off effort.
In today's links we have another BART update, some Citi Bike data released, and an arrest in the LAX dry ice explosions. Also a pair of big emissions regulation stories from the U.S. and Europe and much much more.
Dry ice airport explosions in LA (no injuries), BART strike looming, and the great SF exodus lead our links today. We've also got a human powered helicopter, a trend of Citi Bike weddings and a secret railroad library above Grand Central Terminal. Check 'em out.
Americans are riding the train more than ever before. And Amtrak is earning more money off every passenger, even as the most-profitable line, the Northeast Corridor, saw a small decrease in ridership in the past year.
Every time you sign up for a new online service, you face a choice: do you click "accept" at the bottom of a long scroll of dense legalese that is the company's terms of service. We decided to whip out the old magnifying glass to get a better look at the fine print and bring you some of the more unexpected gems buried in real terms of service agreements. Can you guess which ones are real?
The recent revelation that companies like Google and Facebook routinely hand over data about users' digital communications to the National Security Agency has many Americans wondering whether everything they do online is being tracked by the government.
Crashes without NTSB investigators because of the shutdown, details on new rail plans, and studies. Oh we have studies. Millennials and transit, Americans and walking, and more. Also, what Gandhi thought about sustainable transport.
Another peek into the NSA snooping scandal comes to us today via unsealed court documents in the case of Lavabit, a secure email service used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. That email service was run by Ladar Levison, an interesting character. He stopped by the New Tech City studios last week, donuts and Red Bull in hand.
We've got an update on Pennsylvania's transpo funding fight, evidence of peak sprawl, the first Citi Bike lawsuits and a glowing tricycle firefly video. Among other transpo links, of course.
We've got a couple shutdown-related stories, also a snazzy data visualization, an NYC road-widening proposal, a ride sharing company setback, and a little reflection on the 20th anniversary of the federal gas tax increase, which hasn't been changed since. And of course, a few more links.
Scientists at the recently opened New York Genome Center eventually want to screen every child in New York State. But if doctors found that your child had a genetic disorder, would you want to know?
The federal government is shut down. Here's how that affects transpo. And of course, we've got your usual dose of links.
The commuter snarl north of New York City continues, a small plane crashes into a Santa Monica hangar, and Chicago's parking meters are causing problems, big problems. We've also got news of transpo funding fights in Penn. and NJ, and a transit expansion ahead of schedule in Seattle... among other news in today's link roundup.
Craig Nevill-Manning is Google's chief engineer in New York City. In fact, saying he built the company's software engineering department in the city from scratch is no exaggeration.
Bikes are taking over America. Major cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco are launching public bike sharing systems for the first time, joining Boston, D.C. and Denver. Get out your pens and poetry quills and join our Takeaway Bike Haiku Challenge. Today Adam Reilly, reporter for WGBH news; Alex Goldmark producer at WNYC with Transportation Nation; and Joy Diaz, reporter from KUT Austin Texas discuss the bike revolution.
As New York City's 1.1 million schoolchildren make their way to school on sidewalks and subway platforms, the biggest danger they face is swift-moving traffic. A WNYC and Transportation Nation examination of traffic safety data reveals a few ways that kids are different from adults when it comes to pedestrian hazards.
As New York City's 1.1 million schoolchildren amble to the first week of classes on sidewalks and subway platforms, the biggest danger they'll face isn't bullies or muggers but swift-moving traffic. A WNYC examination of traffic safety data reveals a few ways that kids are different from adults when it comes to pedestrian hazards.