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    ... Washington area charter schools are shown at left, public schools at right. And on the right side of the graph, a clear pattern emerges: The top-performing schools tend to be located in the most walkable areas, while the "priority" schools are located in the least walkable ones.

    Atlantic Cities
  • ...Mass transit ridership might have gone up across all modes, according to APTA's statistics [PDF], but that's not to say it went up across all cities. In a number of areas, on a number of transit types, the recent numbers are down.... In Atlanta, which rejected a penny sales tax last summer, subway figures fell 5 percent and total transit 4 percent from 2011. In Memphis, which rejected a penny gas tax increase in November, general transit dropped more than a point and bus ridership slipped five points. The same story goes for Pierce County, Washington, home to the city of Tacoma. 

    Atlantic Cities
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    There are upwards of 140 Subway sandwich shops in the Baltimore metropolitan region, which is a whole lot more than there are actual subway transit stops (which, as you may recall from that early Subway wallpaper, provided the original inspiration for the franchise). Subway fantasy cartographer Chris Nelson says theSubway/subway project was a bit of a departure. "As far as my thinking," Nelson tells us in an email, "well I like to imagine what my city would be like if I were running all the planning decisions."

    Atlantic Cities
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    A high school senior who cultivated populations of algae under her loft bed won first place and $100,000 in the Intel Science Talent Search on Tuesday night. The contestant, Sara Volz, 17, of Colorado Springs, Colo., researched ways to create populations of algae cells with high oil content; this algae oil can be converted into an economically feasible biofuel.

    New York Times
  • In an age of sophisticated computer modeling, Boeing engineers relied on the same test used for tiny cellphone batteries to gather data about the safety of the heftier lithium-ion battery on its new 787 jets: they drove a nail into it to see what happened.

    New York Times
  • With few options available for financing his clean-energy ambitions, President Obama on Friday will propose diverting $2 billion in revenue from federal oil and gas leases over the next decade to pay for research on advanced vehicles, White House officials said....Mr. Obama has given up on moving comprehensive climate change legislation through Congress and has ruled out a carbon tax as a way to finance the development of alternative energy sources, so he is pursuing smaller-scale projects that do not require new sources of revenue.

    New York Times
  • It’s every cyclist’s nightmare: You approach the spot where you carefully locked your bike and all that’s left is the mangled remains of a lock...In addition to a tiny GPS chipset, BikeSpike features an accelerometer and GSM cellular chip so you can pinpoint your bike’s location and monitor it via the web, iOS, or Android device. Once you’ve physically and digitally locked your bike, you’ll be notified if moves beyond its geofenced location. You can even adjust the accelerometer settings to know if it’s been bumped or fallen over.

  •  Gov. Jerry Brown's $23 billion plan to build two massive, 35-mile-long tunnels that would make it easier to move water from Northern california to farms and cities in the south and other parts of the state took a step forward Thursday with the release of the first details of the plan...The two-tunnel plan was first championed seven years ago...Critics say the plan ...will hasten the delta's demise...

    Oakland Tribune
  • Oil industry lobbyists returned to the White House this week to argue against a rule that would slash the amount of sulfur in gasoline, prompting supporters to fear more delays to the long-awaited standards. Representatives of the American Petroleum Institute yesterday met with White House Office of Management and Budget officials to discuss U.S. EPA's so-called Tier 3 gasoline standards. And on Monday, the refining industry group American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers met with OMB to discuss the rule.

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    ...The costs savings are startling and worth restating: it was 99.8 percent cheaper to roll out BRT in Curitiba than build a subway. Since then, BRT has been enthusiastically deployed in 147 cities spread over six continents. But as developing countries in Africa and Asia have pumped millions of dollars into new buses, reengineered streets, and stylish loading stations, the results have been disappointing in cities like Cape Town, New Delhi, and Bangkok.

    Atlantic Cities