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    It seems such a modest concept, really, and one that should have been standard practice long ago: put articulated pedestrian walkways to and within large suburban parking lots....The walkways start to lay the foundation for a place with more connectivity and walkability.

    Atlantic Cities
  • UC Berkeley seismologists will be testifying in Congress later this week, urging the government to build and pay for an early earthquake warning system which they've developed. BART, which is now using the system, just launched it a couple of months ago. It has become the first train system in the country to incorporate the early earthquake warning system.

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     A 17-year-old reckless driver who killed a father and daughterr on a Concord sidewalk pleaded guilty Wednesday and attempted to apologized, only to be rebuffed by a grief-stricken family calling for stricter penalties against drivers who kill.

    Contra Costa Times
  • Science professors at American universities widely regard female undergraduates as less competent than male students with the same accomplishments and skills, a new study by researchers at Yale concluded. As a result, the report found, the professors were less likely to offer the women mentoring or a job. And even if they were willing to offer a job, the salary was lower.

    New York Times
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    The bicycle party known as Critical Mass turns 20 on Friday. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of riders in all manner of dress and - if recent history holds true, no dress at all - will band together for a commemorative, congestion-causing cruise through downtown San Francisco.

    SF Chronicle
  • New research out of MIT shows that small changes to in-vehicle technology, such as the font automakers choose for an infotainment system, can have a significant effect on just how much a driver is distracted. The research adds nuance to the debate on distracted driving, and it could forever change the look of your dashboard.

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    We all know the consequences of driving on under-inflated tires: faster wear, increased potential for popping, and decreased gas milage. About half of all commercial vehicle breakdowns result from tire problems, according to the American Trucking Association, and tires are the single biggest expense for fleet operators. Since 2011, Goodyear has been working on self-regulating tires, and next year the company will begin testing its new self-inflating technology on commercial vehicles.

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    Physicians' warnings to patients that they are potentially unfit to drive can prevent car crashes, researchers reported. The annual rate of car accidents among patients who were so warned fell about 45% in the year after the doctor's intervention, compared with the 3 years before, according to Donald Redelmeier, MD, of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and colleagues in the Sept. 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

    MedPage Today
  • Once a promising source of green energy, high-tech biofuel is being eclipsed by skin cream and food products as manufacturers shift to more lucrative products....“All the biofuels share one set of fundamental problems, which is you’ve got to use resources to grow those biofuels,” said Dave Jones, chief operating officer of LiveFuels, a San Carlos company that extracts oils from algae. “The cost is quite high. You are spending $5 to make a $3 gallon of gas.”

    Bay Citizen
  •  ...A large study from Canada found that when doctors warn patients, and tell driving authorities, that the older folks may be medically unfit to be on the road, there’s a drop in serious crash injuries among those drivers. The study, in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, couldn’t tell if the improvement was because those patients drove less, or drove more carefully once the doctors pointed out the risk.

    Washington Post