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A Bike Ride Through Qatar

Might cycling just be another way for Qatar to gain some international cachet through sporting events? Sure, but the nation also seems to genuinely want its people to start riding bikes.

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Climate Change Will Make Your Commute a Nightmare

Extreme weather and rising seas are starting to wreak havoc on our transportation systems.

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Explaining Gentrification: Geography of Knowledge Hubs

Of course a growing population indicates a growing demand for housing. But around knowledge hubs, which act as agents of gentrification, population can actually decrease while demand for quality changes.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Coach Pop Fan Who Wants to Create a Culture of Excellence in the Public Sector

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

 

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The City of the Future: Can Los Angeles Reinvent Itself All Over Again?

Three bold plans to turn L.A. into a better, more sustainable version of itself, one that will be able to meet the formidable water, air, and climate challenges of the 21st century.

 

Disaster Resilience Part of Sustainability, Too

As the world deals with quakes, storms, waves and eruptions, builders realize that surviving and thriving after these threats are key components of sustainability.

 

Will a New Federal Bank Guarantee Loans for U.S. Infrastructure Projects?

A national infrastructure bank for the United States would offer a way to fund projects that improve competitiveness and economic vitality and not just please local constituents.

 

Slashing Solar Subsidies, and Lighting Way for China

The fine balance in Germany between markets and green energy policy highlights the real-world challenges for moving away from traditional power sources.

 

Tell Me Where It Hurts, Mr. Highway

In El Paso, our Michael Haederle reviews innovative ideas suggested for arresting the wear and tear on roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

 

If Bridges Could Talk …

New monitoring systems should make smart bridges that let on when they’re feeling fatigued.

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Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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