The 10 Most Resilient Cities In The World

Read the full story in Fast Company. If humanity is going to survive and thrive in the future, it's going to need strong cities. Two-thirds of people are set to live in urban areas by 2050 (according to U.N. estimates), putting great pressure on city planners to cope. How well are they doing so far? …

Turning shrimp shells into plastic

Read the full story at SmartPlanet. Harvard researchers have found a way to isolate fully degradable plastic from shrimp shells. To demonstrate how hardy yet pliable their new bioplastic is, they molded it into a series of chess pieces; and then to show how it can encourage plant growth after it breaks down, they grew …

Ames Lab creates multifunctional nanoparticles for cheaper, cleaner biofuel

Read the full story in R&D Magazine. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs. Ames Laboratory scientists have developed a nanoparticle that is able to perform two processing functions at once for the production …

U.S. Open Data Action Plan

Download the document. Throughout his Administration, President Obama has articulated a vision of the U.S. Government managing information as a national asset and opening up its data, where possible, as a public good to advance government efficiency, improve accountability, and fuel private sector innovation, scientific discovery, and economic growth. Putting government data online and making …

How Minneapolis Plans to Have Zero Waste

Read the full story in Governing. Imagine a city without garbage. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Minneapolis officials are taking early steps toward joining ­Seattle and San Francisco in becoming “zero waste” cities where just about every scrap of trash is recycled. A public hearing to ban hard-to-recycle foam takeout containers is scheduled …